In The New York Times Book Review, Bret Stephens reviews Joshua Green’s “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.” Stephens writes:
Green reminds us that it wasn’t long ago that both men were looked at as political jokes, and not even bad ones. When Ivanka Trump told Rupert Murdoch over lunch that her father intended to run for president, the media baron replied, without even looking up from his soup: “He’s not running for president.”
As for Bannon, when Green first met him in 2011 he came across as a “political grifter seeking to profit from the latest trend.” Later, as Bannon took the reins of the Trump campaign, he was seen by Beltway Republicans as “an Internet-era update of the Slim Pickens character in ‘Dr. Strangelove’ who rides the bomb like a rodeo bull, whoopin’ and hollerin’ all the way to nuclear annihilation.”
On this week’s podcast, Green talks about “Devil’s Bargain”; Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses “The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir”; Laura Dassow Walls on her new biography of Henry David Thoreau; and Gregory Cowles, Parul Sehgal and John Williams on what people are reading. Pamela Paul is the host.
Here are the books mentioned in this week’s “What We’re Reading”:
“Cleopatra’s Nose” by Judith Thurman
“Lives Other Than My Own” by Emmanuel Carrère
“The Collected Stories” by Grace Paley
“The Vanity Fair Diaries” by Tina Brown
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