After the White House

U.S. Presidents have different plans after that final exit from the White House. For some, a quiet life of golf and writing memoirs, for others it means speeches and staying in the public eye. The presidential memoir is a lucrative endeavor and also an opportunity to “set the record straight” so to speak. Each president … More After the White House

Top Five Music Memoirs

Autobiographies by musicians are usually filled with partying, conquests and namedropping. I’ve read a ton of them and most I’ve forgotten before turning the final page. They are usually quick reads on a weekend, cotton candy for the brain. Even though most are mediocre, that does not stop me from reading them. Here are five … More Top Five Music Memoirs

Book Reviews: I’ll Take Your Questions Now and Going There

Time to review a couple of recent books. These two books are similar and dissimilar. I thought I’d dislike each of them; I did not. Little by little, each won me over. I’ll Take Your Question Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House, by Stephanie Grisham, served a variety of roles in Trump … More Book Reviews: I’ll Take Your Questions Now and Going There

Fail Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (2021)

This was quite an in-depth and well-researched book about the protection service. Investigative journalist Carol Leonnig has covered the Secret Service for the Washington Post for a number of years. A three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Leonnig obviously has many sources and contacts inside the agency, and with former agents and officers, and these … More Fail Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (2021)

Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson has a unique place in American history. We mostly know her as a First Lady, but also successful in business and she carved out her own legacy, apart from her husband, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Her given name was Claudia, but most everyone knew her as Lady Bird, the wife of LBJ. “I … More Lady Bird Johnson