Friday, April 4, 2008

A blog that deserves a boost

She did not ask me to, but I want to give Carol Felsenthal's new blog on the Huffington Post a leg up. She deserves it.

Carol, a fellow Chicagoan, is an old friend and reviewer of mine on the Chicago Sun-Times book section. As an author of noted political biographies, she was one of my go-to critics for new books in that genre.

Her most famous biographies are Citizen Newhouse: Portrait of a Media Merchant; Power, Privilege, and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story, and Princess Alice: The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth.

The Graham bio is being made into an HBO television adaptation with a screenplay by Joan Didion, and Tom Hooper, director of the current HBO series on John Adams, is field marshal.

I've long awaited Carol's latest, Clinton in Exile: A President Out of the White House, coming May 1 from William Morrow. This book is very likely to explain Big Bad Bill's behavior during this contentious primary season.

Some insights already are available on Carol's most recent HuffPo blogpost, in which she tells why two very dissimilar post-presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, dislike each other intensely. Will Jimmy throw his superdelegate vote to Obama? Most likely.

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