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Monday, June 18, 2018

Major Publishers Reject Don Jr.’s ‘Defense Of Daddy’ Book Proposal

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At least two major publishing houses have rejected a book proposal from Donald Trump Jr. that attempts to profiteer from his father’s presidency.

The eldest Trump son is reportedly pitching a book about his father’s unpopular presidency. But according to a report from Fox Business, publishers don’t want to be intertwined with Trump’s son, who has been a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe.

Reporter Charlie Gasparino notes that, as a result, “at least two major publishers summarily rejected Trump Jr.’s book in recent days without even making a low-ball bid on an advance.”

A source familiar with the publisher’s decisions told the reporter, “There was basically no interest in a book that’s basically a defense of daddy book when you’re under federal investigation yourself.”

Trump Jr.…

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Goodbye, Philip Roth: The Passing Of A Great American Novelist

The recent death of Philip Roth, America’s greatest living novelist, came as a shock. Although he was 85, and had written movingly of his failing health, the strength of his voice never faltered. “Old age isn’t a battle,” Roth wrote in his 2007 novel Everyman.  “Old age is a massacre.”

 A few years later, he’d made a wry joke about his forthcoming obituary: “Even in death, you get a bad review!”

 And so it was. Scarcely had news of Roth’s death registered among his millions of readers than both the New York Times and Washington Post weighed in with columns complaining of his literary sins.

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Book Excerpt: Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

In Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism (W.W. Norton, 2018), Robert Kuttner refreshes the great tradition of political economy to examine the upheavals of our era. From worsening inequality and the domination of global finance to the rise of fascist movements masquerading as populism, he reveals how the U.S, economy went wrong and why bad policy threatens democracy both here and abroad.  The following is excerpted from the preface:

A quarter century ago in the glow of post-communist triumphalism, many were predicting that globalization would link democracy with capitalism in a splendid convergence. Instead, we are witnessing a primitive backlash against both the global market and liberal democracy.…

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