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George W. Bush’s book tour, interviews plugging his memoirs, has gotten low ratings on TV –– GREG MITCHELL reports on media and politics hits and misses — he writes the indispensable “Daybook” every morning at TheNation.com, and he’s the author of Campaign of the Century, the amazing story of Upton Sinclair’s run for governor in California in 1934.
Also: GAIL COLLINS, the New York Times op-ed columnist, traces women’s progress from the fifties to the present, from “My Little Margie” to Hillary for President — and Sarah Palin for Vice President. Her book When Everything Changed is out now in paperback. (originally broadcast 11/18/09)
Plus: Survivors of the Gulag after Stalin: STEPHEN COHEN has spent 30 years interviewing Stalin’s victims, and talks about how they survived and their long struggle to obtain justice in Russia today. Steve’s new book is The Victims Return – he’ll be speaking and signing Friday Nov. 19 at 700pm at Book Soup on Sunset Strip.
More stuff to read: for the 40th anniversary of Doonesbury, “My favorite Doonesbury character, Mr. Butts” – at TheNation.com, HERE.