The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington

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The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington by Robert D. Novak.pdf

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Descriptions : Long before Robert Novak became the center of a political firestorm in the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal he had established himself as one of the finestand most controversialpolitical reporters in America Now in this sweeping monumental memoir Novak offers the first full account of his involvement in that affair while also revealing the fascinating story of his remarkable life and career This is a singular journey through a half century of stories scandals and personal encounters with Washingtons most powerful and colorful people br br Novak has been a Washington insider since the days when the place was a sleepy southern town and journalism was built on shoe leather and the ability to cultivate and keep sources not to mention the ability to hold ones liquor He has covered every president since Truman knownersonally and professionally virtually all the big movers and shakers in D C and broken a number of the biggest storiesthe Plame story we see here being far from the most important In this book he puts it all into perspective He also reveals the extraordinary transformations that have fundamentally remade Washingtonolitics and journalismand his own role in those transformations br br Moving beyond the first draft of history that is daily journalism Novak can at last tell the stories behind the stories He vividly recalls encounters with the Kennedys angry meetings with Bobby a scary ride home in Jacks convertible his unusual relationship with Lyndon Johnson who hosted Novaks wedding reception and who drunk as a loon had to be carried out of a bar by the young newsman a decidedly odd off the record lunch with Ronald Reagan and his first meetings with George W Bushat which the veteran journalist seriously underestimated the future president We meet other fascinating characters as well from Deng Xiaoping to Ted Turner to Ezra Pound br br Writing with bracing candor Novak tells us how politics and journalism truly operate at the highest levels both publicly and behind closed doors He is equally open about his private experience He writes frankly about the days when his drinking reflected too closely the boozy ways of the town He acknowledges times when his job took precedence over his family He is reflective about his political journey to the right And he writes more personally than ever before about his spiritual journey from his early life as a secular Jew to his conversion to Catholicism at the age of sixty seven br br Packed with riveting never before told stories i The Prince of Darkness i is a hugely entertaining and equally perceptive view of fifty years in the life of Washington and the people who cover it br br br i From the Hardcover edition i

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