Three books about presidential speeches and speechwriters.
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Three reporters and The Times’s politics editor shed light on moments that revealed deeper truths about politics this year.
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The former first lady’s long-awaited new memoir recounts with insight, candor and wit her family’s trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.
Jill Lepore’s “These Truths” shows both the successes and failures that have made the country what it is today.
Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Leadership in Turbulent Times” looks at Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.
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Other presidents have dawdled, too, but President Trump is the first to go this long without awarding national medals in the arts and humanities.
This Barack Obama Is No Mr. Nice Guy. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the former president contradicts the impression he often made in office of being detached.
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In “Conscience of a Conservative,” Jeff Flake of Arizona crosses a rhetorical Rubicon to excoriate the president — and the lawmakers who support him.
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David J. Garrow’s door-stopper of a biography contains a cascade of details that, our critic says, “never connect to form an illuminating portrait.”