Washingtonian – The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich

If I had a daughter, I’d be sure to get her a copy of Lynn Povich’s crisp, revealing new book, The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace. And I’d be especially keen on picking one up if I had a son.

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Washingtonian – The Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg

Slate columnist and Monocle Washington correspondent Sasha Issenberg’s new book, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, reveals why the $6-billion-per-year campaign industry has moved away from the notion that big things, such as TV ads, are what make or break candidates and has embraced a kind of statistics-driven small-ball—or, as one strategist puts it, “Moneyball for progressive politics.” In Issenberg’s new campaign world, eggheads push mountains of data through complex algorithms to unleash highly effective microtargeting campaigns that measure, predict, and influence voter behavior. We’ve used a few of The Victory Lab’s findings to put together some dos and don’ts for your team.

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Washingtonian – Review of Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

What to say about Washington native Michael Chabon’s brilliant new novel, Telegraph Avenue? It’s gritty and nostalgic. It’s about race, music, fathers and sons, forgiveness and progress. Its literary influences include Zadie Smith and William Faulkner, to name just a couple. It’s fresh, it’s splendidly American, and it might be the best novel of 2012.

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