From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Washington Monthly writers Kounalakis (Beyond Spin: The Power of Strategic Corporate Journalism) and Laufer (Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq) have selected 48 interviews broadcast on their weekly radio show (Washington Monthly on the Radio) from the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. These transcripts are full of wit and surprising insights; Bill Richardson, for instance, tells a story about winning over notorious dictator Hugo Chavez with the gift of a baseball glove. Bill Clinton's speech-writer, Paul Glastris, admits they "cribbed like crazy from Ronald Reagan." The Nation editor Christopher Hayes explains why corporate entities are begging the federal government for more regulation; to quote a Chamber of Commerce head, Hayes says, "You want to be sure you're at the table to make sure you're not on the menu." Interviewees are largely newsmakers, but others function behind the scenes or at a remove, like retired Army officer Andrew Exum; having joined the forces with a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies, he found that, even stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, he had to leave active duty in order to study Arabic. Arranged by topic, Kounalakis and Laufer cover politics, business and finance, culture and other subjects; though unabashedly liberal, they achieve their goal: to offer "satisfying and rich conversation" that illuminates and unites.
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About the Author
MARKOS KOUNALAKIS, a veteran print and network broadcast journalist, has covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological, and written for Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton (1993) and lives in San Francisco. email: NewsScribe@aol.com DREW BANKS, SGI's director of employee communications and integrated performance support, has blAnded his engineering, arts, and business background to architect technology solutions that enable human potential. Drew speaks regularly at professional forums on various intranet-related topics. He lives in San Francisco. email: firstname.lastname@example.org KIM DAUS, a former newspaper and magazine publisher, manages worldwide intranet operations and communications strategies at SGI, including Junction, the company's intranet portal site. She speaks internationally on topics such as communication strategies, intranet development, and knowledge management. She lives in Sausalito, California.
Peter Laufer has produced thousands of hours of network reporting and a growing shelf of books dealing with social and political issues: from immigration (Wetback Nation) to talk radio (Inside Talk Radio) to the pleasures of an intriguing American art form: neon signs (Neon Nevada, with Sheila Swan Laufer). Laufer's latest book, Mission Rejected, focuses on American soldiers who return from Iraq opposed to the war; it is published by Chelsea Green Publishing. Laufer also anchors the live Sunday morning KPFA (94.1 Berkeley), a current affiars program which features guest interviews and interaction with the audience. The show is heard on other radio stations around the country and on the internet at www.kpfa.org. His other new radio work includes a weekly magazine show from around the world for National Geographic, broadcast by XM satellite radio and distributed by Public Radio International to terrestrial stations.