One of my rules about reading is that I have to alternate books, one "serious" book and then one "brain candy." As part of my serious slection, I have read some presidential biographies as of late, the latest giving me new hope in the possibilities . . .
- Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Goodwin. Freaking brilliant that Abe was. Not sure he would win today, but hey different times, different tactics.
- My Life: Bill Clinton. He should get no slack for his moral slippage, but also just brilliant.
- Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton. No presidential badge yet, but is a welcomed addition to the race.
- The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barak Obama. Shamelessly putting my early vote behind this one.
As I gushed about Barak in a previous post, I know that some think we should not be naive when evaluating the American politician. To some extent I agree. But . . . while I remain critical, I will not become cynical and hand over my idea and belief that there are still honest, compassionate, strategic and effective people who want to serve others in the context of the American political system.