What We Are Reading Today: Barack and Joe

Updated 19 October 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Barack and Joe

Author: Steven Levingston

Barack and Joe is an intimate look at the making of the powerful partnership between former US President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Based on original interviews, media reports, memoirs and other accounts, Barack and Joe is the first book to tell the full story of their historic relationship and its substantial impact on the Obama presidency and its legacy.
Author Steven Levingston “does a great job recounting the veepstakes process of Obama picking Biden to be his running mate,” said a review in goodreads.com.
In a review for The New York Times, Jason Zengerle said that Levingston “spends much of Barack and Joe dwelling on the public-facing aspect of — and public response to — their ‘bromance. He quotes from both men’s Twitter and Instagram accounts; late-night hosts, cable news gasbags and Internet meme-makers are all frequently cited.”
Levingston is the non-fiction book editor of the Washington Post and author of Kennedy and King, Little Demon in the City of Light and The Kennedy Baby.


What We Are Reading Today: The Politics of Pain

Updated 11 November 2019

What We Are Reading Today: The Politics of Pain

Author: Fintan O’Toole

This is a book about the UK exiting from Brexit. “England’s recent lurch to the right appears to be but one example of the nationalist wave sweeping across the world, yet as acclaimed Irish critic Fintan O’Toole suggests in The Politics of Pain, it is, in reality, a phenomenon rooted in the second World War,” said a review in goodreads.com.
“After the war the UK did not end up as good as they wanted to be. So they were in the European Nation but in 2016 they decided to leave it. They were seeking a new national destiny to shape a new political life and England wanted to be reborn in a new unity that was not with Europe. However, the author does not think their plan went exactly the way they wanted it go,” said the review.
O’Toole is a columnist, assistant editor and drama critic for The Irish Times.
He is a literary critic, historical writer and political commentator, with generally left-wing views. He was and continues to be a strong critic of corruption in Irish politics.