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Happy Landing, Mr. Baldwin

Could it be: Alec Baldwin, happy at last? At 54, heaped with awards for his comic tour de force as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, deeply involved in philanthropy, the New York Philharmonic, and politics, and blissfully grabbing a second chance at love, Baldwin has come a long way from his angry years as a Hollywood bad boy and that epic, ugly divorce. Todd S. Purdum checks out Alec Baldwin 2.0.

Aug 2012
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Team of Mascots

Four years ago, Barack Obama said he wanted a Lincoln-esque “team of rivals” in his Cabinet. Thanks to his own temperament, the modern White House, and the 24-hour news cycle, what the president has created is something that doesn’t look Lincoln-esque at all.

Jul 2012
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One Nation, under Arms

The private papers of the late George F. Kennan, Cold War architect and diplomat extraordinaire, reveal his anguish over the way his famous 1947 warning about Soviet expansionism helped transform the America he loved into one he no longer recognized: a national-security state. A half-century after a similarly historic warning—President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s speech about the dangers of a powerful “military-industrial complex”—Todd S. Purdum shows how completely Kennan’s and Eisenhower’s worst fears have been realized.

Jan 2012
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Jerry Lewis Looks Back and Wonders What Might Have Been

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The Comeback Id

Old friends and longtime aides are wringing their hands over Bill Clinton’s post–White House escapades, from the dubious (and secretive) business associations to the media blowups that have bruised his wife’s campaign, to the private-jetting around with a skirt-chasing, scandal-tinged posse. Some point to Clinton’s medical traumas; others blame sheer selfishness, and the absence of anyone who can say “no.” Exploring Clintonworld, the author asks if the former president will be consumed by his own worst self.

Jul 2008
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Washington, We Have a Problem

How broken is Washington? Beyond repair? A day in the life of the president reveals that Barack Obama’s job would be almost unrecognizable to most of his predecessors—thanks to the enormous bureaucracy, congressional paralysis, systemic corruption (with lobbyists spending $3.5 billion last year), and disintegrating media. Inside the West Wing, the author talks to Obama’s top advisers about the challenge of playing the Washington game, ugly as it has become, even while their boss insists they find a way to transcend it.

Sep 2010
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From That Day Forth

Washington had never seen anything like it: the tidal wave of glamour, promise, and high spirits that descended on the capital for the 1961 inauguration of the youngest president ever elected, John F. Kennedy—a movable, star-studded bash that couldn’t be stopped even by a massive snowstorm. From Frank Sinatra’s gala and Jacqueline Kennedy’s eclectic V.I.P. list to J.F.K.’s late-night revels, the author collects the memories of those who, 50 years on, are still reliving that glorious dawn.

Feb 2011
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A Face Only a President Could Love

Dick Cheney’s public image has hardened into a grim caricature that longtime friends and colleagues don’t recognize: when did the whiz kid with the lopsided smile who ran Ford’s White House turn into the secretive, merciless, Machiavellian figure in the news today?

Jun 2006