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Summer Reading

As Campaign 2004 kicks into gear, read The Ninth Wave by Eugene Burdick. If you’re interested in politics and the psychology of voters, it’s one of the best novels about politics ever written. I hate it whenever I see it dismissed as a book about surfing. It takes place in California so of course surfing plays a role. But it’s a political novel without question.

It was first published in 1956 and is now out of print. It’s not easy to find a copy but it’s well worth the effort. The original paperback cover contained the tagline [fear + hate = power]. That’s as timely today as it’s ever been. Let me know what you think of it.

Posted by 9thwave at June 16, 2003 1:41 PM