Category Book Reviews

Review of David Frum’s Trumpocracy and what it all means

David Frum is a contradictory character in my world. From my favorite intellectual conservative in the 1990’s to George W. Bush neoconservative propagandist in the 2000’s, back to a more intellectual conservative in the eras of Obama and Trump. Since the election of Trump, he’s been an indispensable read, far more detailed and logical than […]

Democrats collapse in the South – What’s the Matter with Kansas vs A National Party no More

A review of A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat and What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. Two books, two perspectives on the decline of Democrats in the South and Midwest from a decade ago. I bought both these books in the summer of 2004 while embroiled in […]

Holiday idea: Reading about the politics of the Everglades

The Everglades get more tourist visits during this time of year than any other. That makes it a great time to also read about the history of the ecosystem and some of the political battles that have shaped it. Then Time Magazine National Editor (current Politico writer) Michael Grunwald’s The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and […]

Holiday book reading recommendation – Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture

This campaign cycle and the 24-hour cable news channel combined with Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, could be the tipping point of the political press being poisoned? Or is it just part of the evolution toward a completely scandal-driven, personality-based brand of political reporting? Since Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio failed in their respective White House bid […]

Holiday book recommendations: The Bush America – American Dynasty and American Theocracy

Jeb Bush’s failed bid for the Presidency in 2016 provides the perfect time to discuss a timeless classic with a little more comfort. Kevin Phillips, who was dubbed in 1995 by one of my Political Science Professors at the University of Florida as “the smartest Republican around,”  is widely viewed as the chief architect of […]

Holiday book recommendation: Plutocrats – The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

A few years ago, I lost perhaps my favorite liberal talking head Chrystia Freeland in the North American media to the world of Canadian politics. Freeland is now in the Cabinet of Canada as Minister for International Trade following the liberal party victory in October’s national election. Freeland entered politics in 2013 after writing about it  and […]

Holiday book recommendation: Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen

The story of the African-American members of Congress during the Reconstruction era is often forgotten. The long standing Dunning School of history made every effort to paint reconstruction as a mistake and portray that the only way to truly reconcile the nation was to let white southerners do what they want in the region. Thus […]

Holiday book recommendations – Finding Dan McCarty and Jimmy Carter in Plains

Finding Dan McCarty, by Robert Buccellato has been released and is available via (click on the link on the book title to purchase a copy). I’m honored to have contributed to this work writing a Forward which was about the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s in Florida politics. From the book: A thin layer of glass separated him […]

Holiday book recommendations: Claude Pepper, Florida’s liberal champion

Review of  Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: Claude Pepper’s Epic Defeat in the 1950 Democratic Primary (Florida Government and Politics) and Claude Pepper and Ed Ball: Politics, Purpose, and Power (Florida History and Culture) While most modern historians and political activists would point to November 7, 2000 as the most significant election in Florida’s history as far […]

Holiday book recommendation: It Happened in Florida

E. Lynne Wright’s It Happened in Florida: Remarkable Events That Shaped History (It Happened In Series) is a collection of largely untold short non-fiction stories about Florida’s rich history. The well-researched and written book is presented in a chronological order. Whether it is Ponce De Leon’s near landing on the present day Space Coast, Henry Flagler’s […]