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BOOKSHELF: More New Books for Avid Readers Just in Time for Christmas


Compiled by Jamie H. Vaught

This is the second of a two-part series about the recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy reading this winter.


--“Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life” by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush (Grand Central Publishing, $28) is a revealing hardcover about their lives as daughters and granddaughters of President George W. Bush and President George Herbert Walker Bush, respectively. They share personal stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, and their meaningful bond.


--“Rogue Spooks: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump” by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (All Points Books, $27.99) is an interesting 279-page hardcover that attempts to uncover the facts behind allegations of foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The authors have questioned the motives of U.S. Intelligence agencies, members of the mainstream press and the liberal folks, adding the villains of the intelligence community are conducting a covert war against the Trump administration. Author Morris, as you may remember, was Bill Clinton’s political advisor for many years.


--"Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News" by Bob Schieffer with H. Andrew Schwartz (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $24.95) provides an inside look at the changing role of media with over 40 interviews with media leaders. The author also explored the issue on whether the Americans today are more informed or just overwhelmed. A longtime TV reporter and a former host of CBS' Face the Nation, Schieffer examines political journalism ranging from the explosion of fake news to the challenges of the 24-hour news cycle.


--"The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain and the End of Baseball's Golden Age" by Sridhar Pappu (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) is an extraordinary story of the 1968 season which saw 185 shutouts in the National League and 154 in the American League. In addition, Don Drysdale of LA Dodgers threw 58.2 consecutive scoreless innings. "Hitters were lost, offense nonexistent," wrote the author, who provided an in-depth look at the careers of pitching superstars Gibson and McLain. Both pitchers also faced each other in the 1968 World Series.