Negative Space: Washington, DC
- Advise & Consent
This Senatorial procedural could be straight from Dumas, and the themes hidden in the action are timeless.
- All the President’s Men
Supposedly written because Robert Redford wanted to base a movie on the book, this is a great memoir of two journalists wondering what the hell was up after a failed burglary on an office in the Watergate Building.
- The Congressman Who Loved Flaubert
Sad, autumnal reminiscences of power.
- DC Votes: Laundering votes and money
- As government programs grow, so does the number of government employees who will never support reform.
- Echo House
Ward Just’s story of three generations of Washington power brokers unknown by pretty much everyone outside of DC.
- February 27, 1993: It Isn’t Murder If They’re Yankees
- “The true story of rural Virginia schoolteacher Carolyn Purcell, the small town of Walkerville, and the Washington, DC foolkiller known as the Quiet Man, as told by one of the Quiet Man’s famous victims.”
- Inside the Beltway: A Guide to Washington Reporting
Don Campbell’s guide to the craft that is reporting in Washington, DC.
- Militia in the Hood
- “My father saw a high correlation between responsible gun ownership and responsible citizenship. He viewed people he would meet in the middle of the night wearing pajamas and carrying guns just because there might be a problem as people he could count on for any problem.”
- Netflix lobbies Washington, Google lobbies press
Netflix is following other tech companies into political lobbying, and Google lobbies the press as well.
- Parliament of Whores
- Parliament of Whores is perhaps the best introduction to Washington, DC politics that I’ve seen. And it’s funny as hell to boot.
- The Prince of Darkness
Robert Novak’s memoir covers his life from 1957 working for the Associated Press, through his 30-year partnership with Rowly Evans, and is bookended by the Plame affair. It’s very engaging, making you feel as much an insider as he dared as a conservative writer in a congenitally liberal town.
- Washington Goes to War
- The Washington Metropolitan area’s population increased by over 50% between 1930 and 1941. Another 70,000 arrived in 1942, and 5,000 new federal workers were added every month. The reason was war, and the rumor of war. The book covers the period from 1939 to 1945, with much wandering in between. Part of it is from Brinkley’s personal memories of the period, and much more from interviews.
- Washington, DC
- The Quiet Man’s view of the city.
- The Prince of Darkness (paperback)
The Prince of Darkness, besides being a memoir of Bob Novak’s life as a journalist, is also an engaging history of journalism and politics in the nation’s capital. (Robert D. Novak)
- Echo House (paperback)
Ward Just has written a story about the lives of the people who bury secrets in DC. (Ward Just)