Carlos Lozada – The Washington Book

Carlos Lozada The Washington Book recensie en informatie boek over hoe machtige Amerikaanse politici zich uiten in boeken en geschriften. Op 27 februari 2024 verschijnt bij uitgeverij Simon & Schuster, The Washington Book, het nieuwe boek van de Amerikaanse columnist en politiek journalist Carlos Lozada. Hier lees je informatie over de inhoud van het boek, de schrijver en over de uitgave. Een Nederlandse vertaling van het boek is niet verkrijgbaar of aangekondigd.

Carlos Lozada The Washington Book recensie

  • “An absolutely original genius.” (Bob Woodward, The Washington Post)
  • “Lozada’s strengths as a critic are obvious. He is charming, funny, and light on his feet, and his descriptions are exceptionally clear and pithy. . . . This aphoristic style cuts to the quick of complex ideas.” (Katy Waldman, The New Yorker)
  • “Lozada’s insights are piquant and enlightening, the result being an enhanced understanding of the complicated mess that is American politics.” (Booklist)

Carlos Lozada The Washington Book

The Washington Book

  • Auteur: Carlos Lozada (Verenigde Staten)
  • Soort boek: Amerikaanse politiek
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Simon & Schuster
  • Verschijnt: 27 februari 2024
  • Omvang: 416 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: gebonden boek / ebook
  • Prijs: $29.99 / $14.99
  • Boek bestellen bij: Bol / Libris

Flaptekst van het boek over de Amerikaanse politiek van Carlos Lozada

The Pulitzer Prize–winning opinion columnist at The New York Times explores how people in power reveal themselves through their books and writings and, in so doing, illuminates the personal, political, and cultural conflicts driving Washington and the nation.

As a long-time book critic and columnist in Washington, Carlos Lozada dissects all manner of texts: commission reports, political reporting, Supreme Court decisions, and congressional inquiries to understand the controversies animating life in the capital. He also reads copious books by politicians and top officials: tell-all accounts by administration insiders, campaign biographies by candidates longing for high office, revisionist memoirs by those leaving those offices behind. With this provocative essay collection, Lozada argues that no matter how carefully political figures sanitize their experiences, positions, and records, no matter how diligently they present themselves in the best and safest and most electable light, they almost always let slip the truth. They show us their faults and blind spots, their ambitions and compromises, their underlying motives and insecurities. Whether they mean to or not, they tell us who they really are.

In his memoirs and speeches, Barack Obama constantly invoked the power and meaning of his life story, Lozada notes, a sign of how the former president capitalized on his personal symbolism, trying to transform it from inspiration on the campaign trail into an all-purpose governing tool. In a soliloquy about his hair in a self-help book published two decades ago, Donald Trump revealed not just his vanity, Lozada explains, but his utter isolation from the world, long before he entered the bubble of the White House. In deft and lacerating prose, Lozada interprets the unresolved tensions of Hillary Clinton’s ideological beliefs. He imagines the wonderful memoir George H.W. Bush could have given us but instead left scattered in throughout various books and letters. He explores why Kamala Harris has struggled to carve out a distinctive role as vice president. He explains how Ron DeSantis’s pitch to America is just a list of enemies. And he even glimpses what Vladimir Putin fears the most, and why he seeks conflict with the West. He does so all through their own books, and their own words.

Lozada reads these books so you don’t have to. The Washington Book is the perfect guide to the state of our politics, and then men and women who dominate the terrain. It explores the construction of personal identity, the delusions of leadership, and that mix of subservience and ambition that can define a life in politics. The more we read the stories of Washington, Lozada contends, the clearer our understanding of the competing visions of our country.

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