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Arnold’s Initiatives: How did we get here?
AMY WILENTZ will explain the background next week’s special election — she’s a contributing editor to The Nation and also writes for the New York Times and the L.A. Times — her new book is Armed Response: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger— it’s a political memoir that will be out next fall.
Web Extra: LA Times poll shows 3 of 4 Schwarzenegger initiatives way behind with voters.
ALSO: The Rise of American Democracy, from Jefferson to Lincoln:
Princeton historian SEAN WILENTZ “takes his place among the finest writers of history America has produced,” says Philip Roth. “He redeems the time he writes about without sentimentality or cynicism and with a deep understanding of every last detail of the American political tradition.”
Fascism in America: FRANK RICH talks about a novel in which a fascist is elected president of the U.S. in a time of fear not 2004, but rather 1940.
The novel is Philip Roths The Plot Against America — it’s out now in paperback. Frank Rich writes those great op-ed columns in the Sunday New York Times.
(Archive edition, originally broadcast Sept. 29, 2004.)