From the Left: A Life in the Crossfire
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More than a memoir, more than political commentary and advocacy, Press’ seventh book, following The Obama Hate Machine (2012), covers his life as a political commentator, columnist, and radio and TV personality. He describes his hometown and family, his studies of philosophy and theology, and his long commitment to politics and media. His chronicle sheds light on the inner workings of those institutions and provides insights for people wishing to enter government or broadcasting. Press writes of his personal experiences watching and being involved with the degeneration of political dialogue; unsurprisingly, this staunch liberal places the blame on Republicans for this decline. From entering politics and government service in 1970s California to a frank discussion of his support of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Democratic presidential campaign, Press writes eloquently in a conversational style evoking grandfatherly wisdom. From the Left is nostalgic without being sappy, instructional without being preachy, hopeful while acknowledging the immense challenges of the future. Above all, it is sincere. Greater than the sum of its parts, Press’ book should be of strong interest to any engaged citizen.