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Jamie’s Bookshelf: The Presidency, political history highlight these nonfiction titles for fall reading

• “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker and the Rise of the New Republican Party” by Julian E. Zelizer (Penguin Press, $30) is an alarming story of how Georgia native Gingrich, a former House Speaker, and his allies have polluted U.S. politics, and created the bitter partisan warfare between the Democrats and the Republicans that you are seeing today. The author is a professor...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: These recently-published nonfiction titles cover politics, media and more

•  “How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor: A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, and Everything in Between” by Thomas C. Foster (Harper, $27.99) is an interesting volume that attempts to teach us how to get accurate information in a rapidly changing 24/7 news cycle and become better readers, thinkers and consumers of media. The new 313-page hardcover is patterned...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: More cool nonfiction titles to add to your reading list as dog days of summer set in

• “Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World” by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, $17.99) delivers a practical road map for battling with and healing from anxiety, depression and stress-related illnesses. The book is now in paperback. The inspirational author currently serves as teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. • “Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Politics, family and religion, the latest non-fiction titles for your summer reading list

• “All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia” by Matthew Algeo (Chicago Review Press, $28.99) is a remarkable story about RFK’s two-day tour of eastern Kentucky in early 1968. At the time, U.S. Senator Kennedy was a former Attorney General who was considering a presidential run. The 264-page hardcover provides a new portrait of RFK, a politician of uncommon courage...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A rundown of recently-published sports books for your summer reading list

•  “Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask” by Jon Pessah (Little, Brown and Company, $30) is a definitive biography of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees icon who won a record 10 World Series championships. Berra, who died in 2015 at the age of 90, was a second-generation immigrant from a working-class, Italian-speaking family in St. Louis who left school after the eighth grade. The Hall of Fame catcher...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Politics, power and corruption: A review of some recently-released nonfiction books

• “LBJ’s 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval” by Kyle Longley (Cambridge University Press, $15.95) is a new 361-page paperback which tells a fascinating story about President Lyndon B. Johnson and the significant events of 1968. The author leads his readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of what Johnson characterized as the “year of a continuous nightmare.”...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A look at some recently-published nonfiction titles to help beat the heat this summer

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist Here are some recently-published nonfiction books that you may want to consider to keep you entertained this summer. • “For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball” by Bud Selig (William Morrow, $28.99) is an unprecedented look at modern baseball. The former Commissioner offers...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: These 13 additional summer reading titles offer politics, history and inspiration

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the second of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books. — “Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump” by Dan Pfeiffer (Twelve, $28) is a part political memoir, part blueprint for progressives in the Trump era. The author, who was one of President Obama’s longest-serving advisors, tells...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Rounding out your Spring reading list with nine recently-published nonfiction titles

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the second of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books. –“Ambition, Pragmatism And Party: A Political Biography Of Gerald R. Ford” by Scott Kaufman (University Press of Kansas, $34.95) captures the former president’s long and remarkable political career. For this 443-page biography, the author also interviewed family...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Twelve additional non-fiction selections to add to your winter reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist 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...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Entertaining reads are plentiful during the holiday season; here are a few to browse

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward columnist First of two parts Are you ready to browse for entertaining new books, which seem to be more plentiful during the holiday season? Now just in time for Christmas shopping for your loved ones who are avid readers, here’s a new list of recently published nonfiction books, in no particular order, with many of them highly reviewed: “Above The Line: Lessons...