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Tommy Vietor

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Thomas Frederick Vietor IV is an American political commentator and podcaster. He is a former spokesperson for President Obama and the United States National Security Council from 2011 to 2013.
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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Erik Larson - Jan 01, 2011
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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,...
Tommy Vietor
Mar 24, 2020
"In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" Great book. Learned a lot. Didn't exactly quiet the mind before bed.     source
American Cipher
Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan
Matt Farwell - Mar 12, 2019
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The explosive narrative of the life, captivity, and trial of Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who was abducted by the Taliban and whose story has served as a symbol for America's foundering war in AfghanistanPrivate First Class Bowe Bergdahl left his platoon's base in eastern Afghanistan in the early hours of June 30, 2009. Since that day, easy answers t...
Tommy Vietor
Dec 31, 2019
BTW the author of this piece cowrote an amazing book about Bowe Bergdahl and the war in Afghanistan:     source
All the Truth Is Out
The Week Politics Went Tabloid
Matt Bai - Sep 15, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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An NPR Best Book of the YearIn May 1987, Colorado Senator Gary Hart—a dashing, reform-minded Democrat—seemed a lock for the party’s presidential nomination and led George H. W. Bush by double digits in the polls. Then, in one tumultuous week, rumors of marital infidelity and a newspaper’s stakeout of Hart’s home resulted in a media frenzy the likes...
Tommy Vietor
Nov 04, 2015
All the Truth Is Out by @mattbai is the best book I've read about intersection of campaigns, media and culture. Essential 2 understand 2016.     source
The Nightingale's Song
Robert Timberg - Sep 11, 1996 (first published in 1995)
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Robert Timberg weaves together the lives of Annapolis graduates John McCain, James Webb, Oliver North, Robert McFarlane, and John Poindexter to reveal how the Vietnam War continues to haunt America. Casting all five men as metaphors for a legion of well-meaning if ill-starred warriors, Timberg probes the fault line between those who fought the war ...
Tommy Vietor
An extraordinary story of courage and sacrifice and also a cautionary tale about how easy it is to lose your way and go down the wrong path, even if you think what you’re doing is in service of a noble goal.     source