Monday, April 05, 2010

Bob Novak's book:" Prince of Darkness"

Last Saturday I picked up a copy of this book at the library and have not been able to put it down. As a political junkie I have followed politics for the last 50 years and Bob Novak gives a fantastic review of those major political events of the last 50years and gives a great deal of insight into the people who covered those events and the politicians who made news. Bob also settles a lot of "scores" with people from LBJ to a surly clerk at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC. Novak describes what it was like in Washington DC from the 1950's up to the present. You learn that the press has been liberal and biased for a long time and Novak noticed this long before he became a conservative. He admits voting for JFK and LBJ. As someone who followed Novak's writings, since the Evens and Novak column first started, reading the book is like a trip down memory lane for me. You relive all the old political battles from oh so long ago. Bob was not any easy guy to like for many, and he admits that, and so many other flaws like drinking too much.Bob was a pessimist and cynic who loved America but hated it's government. If you are a political junkie run don't walk to your nearest library or bookstore.

Bob Novak died earlier this year of brain cancer and political reporting is a duller place without him. However, his parting gift to us was this book. I miss him.