Doris Kearns Goodwin

Tony Kushner replies on whether "Final Freedom" was the primary source for his "Lincoln" script.

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Tony Kushner's "Best Adapted Screenplay" was likely adapted not from "Team of Rivals" but from an obscure academic book.

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Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.

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Why Obamaism Must Live

What Obama has accomplished in four years—and why he needs four more.

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The Unnecessary Fall

A counter-history of the Obama presidency.

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Race Man

After several weeks of swooning, news reports are finally being filed about the gap between Senator Barack Obama’s promises of a pure, soul-cleansing “new” politics and the calculated, deeply dishonest conduct of his actually-existing campaign.

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The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon and Schuster, 932 pp., $22.95) At a family gathering recorded by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Joseph Patrick Kennedy boasted: "This is the most exclusive club in the world." It was his revenge for the exclusions he had suffered in Boston and at Harvard; and revenge, as usual, shaped its bearer to the likeness of its object. Kennedy had become richer, more snobbish, and more exclusive than any of his original tormentors.

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