With all the political books landing in the store this year, The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris is a must read. The first-term Democratic senator from California is a woman, a woman of color, and the daughter of immigrants. Now she is running for president, having shown her political chops in two successful races for California attorney general and then for the U.S. Senate—victories achieved in the most diverse, most complex state in the country. In a crowded field of Democrats, Harris is one who clearly has that intangible “special something.” And that’s why she is already proving to be a formidable presence on the presidential circuit.
This could be one of your favorite D.C. memoirs if you are not into reading about policy decisions but instead tend to enjoy 21st century Peyton Place antics set in the Old Executive Office Building. The author answers an ad on Craigslist and, as luck would have it, becomes a White House stenographer traveling all over the world with “44” and witnessing history. Aside from the fact that there is way too much cheating and way, way too much drinking and that all I wanted to do was shake some sense into Stein, her writing redeems her. This memoir was so entertaining and hard to put down…enjoy!
What do White House Chiefs of Staff actually do? How important are they really? What makes a good Chief of Staff? Chris Whipple's highly informed and deeply engrossing book answers these questions and many more. Beginning with Richard Nixon's first Chief of Staff, H. R. Haldeman, Whipple chronicles the tenures of every White House Chief up until John Kelly. His detailed account reveals the incredibly significant roles that the Chiefs have played in influencing events as major as Watergate, the Iran-Contra scandal, the Lewinsky affair, the invasion of Iraq, and the DACA rollout.