We have some interesting folks portrayed in the Biography section of the Booknook. At polar opposites politically are Sarah Palin in Going Rogue: An American Life and Barack Obama's The Audacity Of Hope. Moving to the topic of space we have First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong and Barbara Eden's autobiography Jeannie Out Of The Bottle. What do those two have in common? Remember the pretense of the TV show I Dream Of Jeannie. Major Nelson played by Larry Hagman, who later starred in Dallas, was an American astronaut who splashed down the Pacific Ocean during a mission, landed on an island, found a bottle and opened it to find Jeannie inside! Astronauts and space were all the rage in 1960's and the antics of the otherwise professional and proper Major Nelson saddled with the troublesome and impetuous Jeannie led to no end of hilarious story lines for the writers.
We have a copy of James Carville's 2009 book, 40 More Years: How The Democrats Will Rule The Next Generation. This book was totally wrong of course, given the whooping the Democrats took in the 2014 mid term elections, but sometimes it's good to go back and do a post-mortem when any prediction fails to come true. Why did James Carville think that the Democrats could not lose any future elections? Did he believe that President Obama would transform the country so radically that Republicans could not be elected to any post? What signs did Mr. Carville read incorrectly?
Whatever your political persuasion it might be fun to see if you can read the "tea leaves" and dissect the failure of the Democrats to bring Mr. Carville's fantasy to life.
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