The phrase radical chic was coined by Tom Wolfe in 1970 when Leonard Bernstein gave a party for the Black Panthers at his duplex apartment on Park Avenue. That incongrous scene is re-created here in high fidelity as is another meeting ground between militant minorities and the liberal white establishment.
Award Category: Contemporary Affairs
At The Edge of History
Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago
The classic story of the late Richard J. Daley, politician and self-promoter extraordinaire, from his inauspicious youth on Chicago’s South Side through his rapid climb to the seat of power as mayor and boss of the Democratic Party machine. A bare-all account of Daley’s cardinal sins as well as his milestone achievements, this scathing work by Chicago journalist Mike Royko brings to life the most powerful political figure of his time: his laissez-faire policy toward corruption, his unique brand of public relations, and the widespread influence that earned him the epithet of king maker. The politician, the machine, the city Royko reveals all with witty insight and unwavering honesty, in this incredible portrait of the last of the backroom Caesars.
Tet! The Story of a Battle and Its Historic Aftermath
In early 1968, Communist forces in Vietnam launched a surprise offensive that targeted nearly every city, town, and major military base throughout South Vietnam. For several hours, the U.S. embassy in Saigon itself came under siege by Viet Cong soldiers. Militarily, the offensive was a failure, as the North Vietnamese Army and its guerrilla allies in the south suffered devastating losses. Politically, however, it proved to be a crucial turning point in America’s involvement in Southeast Asia and public opinion of the war. In this classic work of military history and war reportage — long considered the definitive history of Tet and its aftermath — Don Oberdorfer moves back and forth between the war and the home front to document the lasting importance of this military action. Based on his own observations as a correspondent for the Washington Post and interviews with hundreds of people who were caught up in the struggle, Tet! remains an essential contribution to our understanding of the Vietnam War.
Nowhere was the clash between idealism and expediency that characterized the Kennedy brothers more apparent during their years in power than at the crossroads of the American legal system, the Department of Justice. This story of how the moral measure of their leadership was most severely tested – how boldly were imperiled liberties championed; how effectively were overlords of corruption prosecuted; how wisely were judges picked; how well, in short, was justice served – has never been told before. Until this book. Victor Navasky’s intensive investigative research over a period of five years details and sheds light on many heavily shrouded subjects from the Kennedy era. The result is a remarkable case study in the dynamics of the American political system.
The Prisoner of Sex
Here, by America’s foremost candidate for the Nobel Prize, is the book that some fifteen years ago created a firestorm among true believers of the women’s liberation movement, and which on rereading and contemplation emerges as one of the most sensible, sensitive and probing works on the ageless dialectic of man, woman, man-woman ever to be written.