Preview of Spring

The Washington Post Book World is the first out of the gate with a spring book preview

Book World editor, Marie Arana, introduces the selections, saying, “With publishers bracing to release an unprecedented number of books on politics this season, we wondered whether there would be room for anything else.” Looks like even those inside the Beltway want to vary their reading diet. And, indeed, the editors do manage to pick a range of books, even a good chunk of fiction, from Penny Vincenzi to Tananarive Due and Chuck Palahniuk.

All the titles are worth checking to see if you have them on order, but, given the Post‘s focus on titles about politics and the economy, you might want to give special attention to their picks in those subjects (listed below).

In looking at this list, you can’t help but wonder what’s going on with subtitles. Most of these are so long, they serve as annotations.


The Pact:

Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry That Defined a Generation

Steven M. Gillon (Oxford Univ. Press, June)

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Bad Money:

Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism

Kevin Phillips (Viking, April)

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Good Guys & Bad Guys:

Behind the Scenes with the Saints and Scoundrels of American Business (and Everything in Between)

Joe Nocera (Portfolio, May)

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While America Aged:

How Pension Debts Ruined General Motors, Stopped the NYC Subways, Bankrupted San Diego, and Loom as the Next Financial Crises

Roger Lowenstein (Penguin Press, May)

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Lost on Planet China:

The Strange and True Story of One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation

J. Maarten Troost (Broadway, July)

From the author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals

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Out of Mao’s Shadow

Philip P. Pan (S&S, June)

The Post’s former Beijing correspondent on China’s future

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The Post-American World

Fareed Zakaria (Norton, May)

Zakaria, a Newsweek reporter, often appears on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Here, he writes about the rise of China, India, Brazil, Russia and other developing countries and how they will redefine the globe

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Ron Suskind (Harper, June).

A book about national security gaffes by the author of The One Percent Doctrine

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