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Norman Ornstein


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Norman Ornstein is an American political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington D.C. conservative think tank.
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Sandy Koufax
A Lefty's Legacy (P.S.)
Jane Leavy - Mar 16, 2010 (first published in 2002)
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“The incomparable and mysterious Sandy Koufax is revealed…. This is an absorbing book, beautifully written.” —Wall Street Journal “Leavy has hit it out of the park…A lot more than a biography. It’s a consideration of how we create our heroes, and how this hero’s self perception distinguishes him from nearly every other great athlete in living memor...
Norman Ornstein
Jul 28, 2020
Both great, but the Koufax book is especially so.     source
The Great Influenza
The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
John M. Barry - Oct 04, 2005 (first published in 2004)
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At the height of WWI, historys most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not th...
Norman Ornstein
Feb 29, 2020
@ianbassin John Barry’s book The Great Influenza is a superb must read. More now than ever!     source
When Pride Still Mattered
A Life Of Vince Lombardi
David Maraniss - Sep 03, 2000 (first published in 1999)
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In this groundbreaking biography, David Maraniss captures all of football great Vince Lombardi: the myth, the man, his game, and his God.More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. The son of an Italian immigrant butcher, Lombardi toiled for twenty frustrating years as a high sc...
Norman Ornstein
Dec 31, 2019
@davidmaraniss When Pride Still Mattered , his biography of Vince Lombardi, a great book.     source
An Intimate Journey Into America's Mental Health Crisis
Kenneth Paul Rosenberg - Sep 30, 2019
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A psychiatrist and award-winning documentarian sheds light on the mental health care crisis in the U.S.When Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg trained as a psychiatrist in the late 1980s, the state mental hospitals, which had reached peak occupancy in the '50s, were being closed at an alarming rate, with many patients having nowhere to go. There has never been ...
Norman Ornstein
Oct 23, 2019
Great book and great film!     source
Breaking The News
How the Media Undermine American Democracy
James Fallows - Jan 14, 1997 (first published in 1996)
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Why do Americans mistrust the news media? It may be because show like "The McLaughlin Group" reduce participating journalists to so many shouting heads. Or because, increasingly, the profession treats issues as complex as health-care reform and foreign policy as exercises in political gamesmanship. These are just a few of the arguments that have ma...
Norman Ornstein
Sep 21, 2019
@JamesFallows @_SunshineRising @Mr_Electrico @JoyceCarolOates @jayrosen_nyu @paulkrugman A must-read book     source