News, Reading Guides, VOLUME 10

Books for America’s Current Political Moment [NY Times]

This morning, the NY Times ran a conversation between Francine Prose and Thomas Mallon on books they would recommend for America’s current political moment…
Here are the four books that they recommended…

Francine Prose:

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0307947904″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″]Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Jane Mayer


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“required reading for anyone who wants to know how our country got into the mess we’re in.”

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0375753168″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”163″]Hope Against Hope: A Memoir

Nadezhda Mandelstam 


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“a memoir about what she and her husband, the great poet Osip Mandelstam, endured during the worst years of Stalin’s regime”


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0140439447″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”163″]David Copperfield:
A Novel

Charles Dickens


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“For those days when you feel the need to take a break”

Thomas Mallon:

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0399139621″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”164″]The Haldeman Diaries:
Inside the Nixon White House

H.R. Haldeman


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“Haldeman showcases the chief executive’s lack of proportion and tendency to go on ‘talking for hours'”

for the full scoop on the relevance of these books!


C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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