I read every day and enjoy a variety of topics.  Following are

two books I recently enjoyed. Both are true tales.

No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, The Home Front in WWII. This volume is written by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It a captivating story of a nation and its leaders at war. Goodwin paints a comprehen-sive, intimate picture that fills a historical gap in the story of the immense entanglement of the Roosevelts’ private and public lives.

Speech*Less: Tales of a White House Survivor. Matt Latimer recounts his experiences as a former speech writer for President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.

       Inspired by the upbeat themes of the Reagan Revolu-tion, the young journalist makes his way to Washington, D.C. where he works his way up to become one of Bush’s speech writers.  Gradually, he realizes the White House staffers who

run the country are in way over their heads.  Almost everything the public has been told about the major players–Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, and Rove–is wrong!

June Poucher (May ’12) adds, “These stories ‘behind the scene’ are especially interesting as they often show what touches the subjects’ inner beings.”

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