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Stephen Edward Schmidt is an American communications and public affairs strategist who has worked on Republican political campaigns, including those of President George W. Bush, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Arizona Senator John McCain.
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Destiny of the Republic
A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Candice Millard - 2012-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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A Booklist Notable Book of 2012The extraordinary New York Times bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.   James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected pres...
Steve Schmidt
This is an amazing book that tells an incredible story. Lincoln was murdered in 1865. Garfield and McKinley, both Civil War combat veterans were assassinated in 1881 and 1901. These were momentous events at a time that was much like ours today. Recommended. ✔️🟢      source
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Damascus Station
A Novel
David McCloskey - 2021-10-05
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CIA case officer Sam Joseph is dispatched to Paris to recruit Syrian Palace official Mariam Haddad. The two fall into a forbidden relationship, supercharging Haddad’s recruitment and creating unspeakable danger when they enter Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy.But the cat-and-mouse chase for the killer so...
Steve Schmidt
I’m reading one of the best books I’ve ever read #Damascus Station @mccloskeybooks written by David McCloskey. It is a breathtaking account from a CIA insider about the Syrian hellscape, forged by a tsunami of atrocities inflicted by Bashir Al Assad on the Syrian people.      source
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Frankly, We Did Win This Election
The Inside Story of How Trump Lost
Michael C. Bender - 2021-07-13
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Michael C. Bender, senior White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal, presents a deeply reported account of the 2020 presidential campaign that details how Donald J. Trump became the first incumbent in three decades to lose reelection--and the only one whose defeat culminated in a violent insurrection.Beginning with President Trump's first im...
Steve Schmidt
and @PhilipRucker with “I Alone Can Fix It” @MichaelCBender with “ Frankly We Did Win This Election” and @ceciliakang and @sheeraf with “ An Ugly Truth”. 100 years from now these books will be required reading and important contributions towards understanding the era we are      source
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Beyond the Trees
A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic
Adam Shoalts - 2020-05-05 (first published in 2019)
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National bestseller A thrilling odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, from "Canada's greatest living explorer."In the spring of 2017, Adam Shoalts, bestselling author and adventurer, set off on an unprecedented solo journey across North America's greatest wilderness. A place where, in our increasingly interconnected, digital world, it's still p...
Steve Schmidt
This book is amazing. I love it. It is a great gift for the book giving book set. Great Christmas present      source
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It Was All a Lie
How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump
Stuart Stevens - 2020-08-04
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From the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, a searing, unflinching, and deeply personal expos� of how his party became what it is today Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new ...
Steve Schmidt
It’s a great book and an important one.      source
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Chris Hayes
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Churchill and Orwell
The Fight for Freedom
Thomas E. Ricks - 2017-05-23
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks, a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, whose farsighted vision and inspired action preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike.Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930sOrwell shot in the neck i...
Steve Schmidt
Very much enjoying Churchill and Orwell: The fight for Freedom by @tomricks1. This is an excellent book and highly relevant to this moment. Understanding the threat to liberty with the benefit of hindsight is not enough. The threat must be seen gathering in the present      source
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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Erik Larson - 2011-01-01
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Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago,...
Steve Schmidt
@egayle333 Ellyn, with respect Hitler was always clear about his intent. A great book to read from a US perspective is In the Garden of Beasts. Trump is much more analogous to Mussolini.      source
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Empire of the Summer Moon
Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
S. C. Gwynne - 2010-05-25
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In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise...
Steve Schmidt
@tripgabriel Amazing book. Great Xmas gift for anyone who loves non fiction adventure. Another one is Empire of the Summer Moon.      source
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In the Heart of the Sea
The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Nathaniel Philbrick - 2001-05-01
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"With its huge, scarred head halfway out of the water and its tail beating the ocean into a white-water wake more than forty feet across, the whale approached the ship at twice its original speed - at least six knots. With a tremendous cracking and splintering of oak, it struck the ship just beneath the anchor secured at the cat-head on the port bo...
Steve Schmidt
@tripgabriel Amazing book. Great Xmas gift for anyone who loves non fiction adventure. Another one is Empire of the Summer Moon.      source
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