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June 22, 2007

Many viewers have asked about what Bill Moyers is reading. Below you'll find some of the books and articles that have recently come up on his radar.

Check back for what we hope will be a recurring feature — and, as always, tell us what' you're reading and thinking about on the blog.




In the news

"Beyond the News"
Mitchell Stephens for the COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: "Journalists worry that the Web threatens the way they distribute their product. They are slower to see how it threatens the product itself."

"Newt Would Make a Great Show"
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay makes his case for Gingrich as a 2008 contender. June 19, 2007

"Unmarried couples lose legal benefits"
States that have banned gay marriage are beginning to revoke the benefits of domestic partners of public employees. Marisol Bello, USA TODAY, June 19, 2007

House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
The Continuing Investigation into the U.S. Attorneys Controversy and Related Matters hears from outgoing top deputy to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Deputy Attorney General, Paul McNulty on June 21, 2007.

Another Look

Pardon Him? Scooter Libby
As his jail date gets closer — there's still talk about a pardon for Scooter Libby.

Private Equity
Last week the labor leader Andy Stern talked about the influence of private equity firms. This week, the debate over the Blackstone Group's massive offering and proposed new Congressional regulation heats up. Afghanistan
Find out what's happened since Christian Parenti's June 8, 2007 appearance on the JOURNAL.

On the Bookshelf

Elizabeth Brown Pryor, READING THE MAN: A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT E. LEE THROUGH HIS PRIVATE LETTERS
Historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor re-evaluates the received image of Robert E. Lee through a trove of never-before studied personal letters.
  • Read an excerpt

    Eric Rauchway, BLESSED AMONG NATIONS
    A University of California historian examines how the nation's rise to power and globalization have made us unique but vulnerable to potentially destructive hubris.

  • Read an excerpt
  • Eric Rauchway on why be became a historian

    Walter Nugent, "The American Habit of Empire, and the Cases of Polk and Bush." Western Historical Quarterly 38, Spring 2007
    The President of the Western History Association takes a look back — and forward:

    Americans' historic experience with western expansion habituated them to empire-building, underpinned by the axiom of exceptionalism and the goal of extending liberty. This essay compares two examples of empire-building involving war: Polk in Mexico and George W. Bush in Iraq.
  • References and Reading:
    Blogging for Truth
    A conversation with Talkingpointsmemo.com's Josh Marshall

    "Open Source Journalism:" Discuss the pros and cons on the blog

    BILL MOYERS ON FAITH & REASON Reading list
    Rewatch the show and delve into books by the series guests.

    Published June 22, 2007

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    IMAM ZAID SHAKIR
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    KEN SILVERSTEIN
    Washington Editor of HARPER'S Magazine, Ken Silverstein, discusses his latest article in which he ventures undercover to reveal the inner-workings of the Washington lobbying world.

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