I thought I’d try something new here, and that is tying current events to fiction.
What’s in the news: Bush heads for Constitutional Showdown. (And, we hope, impeachment or, better yet, jail.) Illegal wiretapping, executive powers run amok, secret government projects with no Congressional oversight — all leading to another round of tugging at our poor old Constitution to see how far it will stretch before breaking. It all sounds too familiar….
Literary precedent: All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. A great read, even if we know the outcome. Watergate coverage got me into journalism school. Not to mention I had a crush on Carl Bernstein. With Nixon, it was the tapes. With Bush, it will probably be e-mails. Ah, life. Everything old is new again, isn’t it?
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad. Imperialism and exploitation, anyone? For a novella, this book covers some big themes. I think Bush and Cheney could play Marlow and Kurtz in a film version. (Wow, what Francis Ford Coppola could have done making this film today: Baghdad Now?)
All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren. A great read, though I don’t think Willie Stark (or Huey Long) had anything on the Bush or Nixon Administrations for dirty politics.
1984 by George Orwell. Okay, I haven’t actually read this one (shame on me), but it was too obvious of a choice. Big Brother, indeed!
Any books you’ve read that reflect the news about the Bush and the subpoena showdown?