ELIZABETH TAYLOR’s on-screen persona repeatedly introduced a broad audience to feminist ideas: that’s what M.G. LORD says. She argues that, from National Velvet (1944) to Butterfield 8 (1960), Taylor “lived her life defiantly in public—undermining postwar reactionary sex roles.” M.G.’s new book is THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciouness.
Plus: Politics, from Kabul to Madison: our weekly update from JOHN NICHOLS, he’s Washington Correspondent for The Nation and he blogs at TheNation.com; his most recent book is Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street.
Also: BRADLEY MANNING remains in military prison, charged with leaking nearly half a million classified government documents to Wikileaks – but CHASE MADAR says he deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom for blowing the whisle on criminal violations of American military and international law. Chase’s new book is The Passion of Bradley Manning.