Virginia’s Festival of the Book recently wrapped up in Charlottesville, but one of its featured authors didn’t go far. Matthew Crawford returned to his workshop in Richmond, where he produces custom motorcycle parts and meditates on the distractions of modern life.
If you knew Matthew Crawford in high school, you might be surprised to hear that he got a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Chicago - a school deeply committed to scholarship. At age 16, scholarship was the last thing on Crawford’s mind.
"The good news is that it doesn't involve a Constitutional convention or a Mars invasion."
That's Jason Grumet, whose new book, City of Rivals, proposes some intuitive solutions, such as more time for Congress to hang out together. And some not-so-intuitive solutions, such as bringing back earmarks, which Congress banned five years ago.
A Blacksburg writer is out with a new novel of political intrigue set very close to home. Like many of his previous books, Michael Abraham’s latest gets its title from an actual town. This one is called “Orange, Virginia.”
Michael Abraham writes fiction, non-fiction and political essays. This time the Blacksburg native has done a combination of all three.
Political junkies looking for a good read may find one in an exposé of insider political language by two veteran journalists.
It’s called “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech.” The light-hearted book also has a serious purpose.
Co-authors Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark believe manipulative political jargon deprives political discourse of substance. Thus, politicians say they speak “frankly” when they don’t—or tout “bold” ideas that are not.
83 years ago on this day, prohibition ended in the United States. During the years when it was illegal to sell alcohol, a crime syndicate was born whose tentacles still stretch to the present day.
Prohibition is the setting for Virginia Tech's Ed Falco's new book. "Toughs" is the fictionalized, real life story of one of the first drive by shooting on record. The result of the gangland feuds that characterized prohibition. His new book has awful resonance with gangland drive-bys today.