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The Washington Monthly summer reading guide.

Looking for a good book as you head to the beach? We take a look at some of the most exciting summer releases:


A Year in Anbar Provence

By John McCain

Senator McCain chronicles a year of leisurely walks, garden parties, and outdoor cooking in a region he describes as "conveying a feeling of safety I have not known since the womb."


Harry Reid and the Disappearing Timetable

By J. K. Rowling

Young Harry strikes a series of unfavorable deals with the Vice-President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.


Savage Vegan

By Dennis Kucinich

The Ohio congressman and perennial presidential candidate's first foray into fiction is best described by the book's subtitle: "He didn't eat meat, but he was an animal."


Justice for Dummies

Edited by Monica Goodling

A perfect primer for employees of Alberto Gonzales.

Our Secret

By Jim Gilmore, Duncan Hunter, and Mike Gravel

The authors discuss campaigns so secret, their wives and families don't even know they're running!


Neo-Conna Sutra

By Paul Wolfowitz

Join the greatest lover in the history of the World Bank as he explores such positions as the Avenging Eagle, the Chicken Hawk, and Kvetch Landing on Subordinate.


What to Expect When Your Lesbian Partner is Expecting

By Mary Cheney

A week-by-week look at your gay partner's pregnancy--and a great companion book to Lynne Cheney's recently released children's book, My Two Mommies--Are An Affront Before God.


9/11 for President

By Rudy "9/11" Giuliani

"America's Mayor" shares lessons from 9/11, stories from 9/11, and other sentences with the words "Giuliani" and "9/11" in them. He also explains why he actually looked into legally changing his first, middle, and last names to "September," "Eleventh," and "2001"--and the impact 9/11 had on his fourth, fifth, and sixth marriages.

The Expedient Polygamist: One Man's Marriage to All Sides of an Issue

By Mitt Romney

Governor Romney shares why he cares about the issues he (currently) cares about, and how his values were shaped by the state(s) he (currently) calls home.

Dreams From My Fundraiser

By Barack Obama

Here, Barack Obama tells the inspirational story of how the son of a Kenyan and a Kansan has come to raise so much money from a whole lot of Jews.

Jeff Nussbaum is a principal in the speechwriting and strategy firm West Wing Writers. Eric Schnure is a freelance speechwriter and an adjunct professor at American University. Dan Goor is an Emmy Award-winning writer for Late Night With Conan O'Brien. They write collectively as the Humor Cabinet, and can be reached at
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Author:Goor, Dan
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Date:Jul 1, 2007
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