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Welcome to Read This Book, the newsletter where I recommend a book you should add to your TBR, STAT! I stan variety in all things, and my book recommendations will be no exception. These must-read books will span genres and age groups. There will be new releases, oldie but goldies from the backlist, and the classics you may have missed in high school. Oh my! If you’re ready to diversify your books, then LEGGO!!
It’s the first day of the 2020 Republican National Convention. While last week’s Democratic National Convention included a powerful and poignant speech from former First Lady Michelle Obama, speakers at the 2020 RNC will include the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at peaceful BLM protestors.
The 2020 election is critical and will determine America’s future trajectory for generations. Will we continue on the path of embracing bigotry in all of its many forms or will we return to a progressive path focused on inclusion and equity? Today’s book recommendation is apt for this time where we are on the precipice of re-electing a president who will do anything and everything to stay in office.
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward tells the behind-the-scenes drama during the Watergate investigation, the biggest political scandal in US history. Beginning with an article about a botched burglary at the Democratic headquarters in The Watergate Hotel, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward delivered headline after headline of the most devastating political investigative journalism of the 20th century. It lead to a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post, toppled a president, and inspired generations of aspiring journalists.
I read All the President’s Men when media was focused on the Mueller Investigation. While reading about an administration that constantly battled journalists and the freedom of the press, gleefully flaunted their bigotry, and did whatever it took to keep their political power, I wondered if this story was about the 1970s Nixon Administration or the current Trump Administration. The similarities in the corruption surrounding both men are glaring and unsettling.
Like his predecessor, Donald Trump cares nothing about the people and only about the power that comes with being president. In the words of philosopher George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Unless we learn from the Watergate scandal and the subsequent downfall of the Nixon Administration and reject a second term for President Donald Trump, we will be doomed to suffer the unprecedented consequences of an unethical president with unchecked power.
If you have never read All the President’s Men, then there is no time like the present. Our future depends on it.
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