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Reputation: Portraits in Power
     

Reputation: Portraits in Power

by Marjorie Williams, Timothy Noah (Editor)
 

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Woman at the Washington Zoo, a stunning collection of political portraits from the final dozen years of the twentieth century

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Woman at the Washington Zoo, a stunning collection of political portraits from the final dozen years of the twentieth century

Editorial Reviews

J. Courtney Sullivan
Williams observes her subjects with a winning mix of cynicism and compassion, humor and wisdom…Reading through this brilliant collection brings on a feeling of loss: we don't know what Williams might have thought about the political landscape of 2008.
—The New York Times
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David Shribman, Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2008
“Where is Marjorie Williams when we need her? Surely we could have used her shrewd eye and incisive voice this week, amid so much congressional posturing, not to mention the theatrics of the campaign debates...."Reputation” provides wonderful sketches, superb examples of a silky stylist at the top of her art. If I had time enough or treasure I would hand a copy to every freshman journalism student and say: Make sure this genre does not die amid a flurry of podcasts and Twitters, and while you're at it look up Lytton Strachey — in the library, not on Wikipedia.”

Buffalo News, October 19, 2008
"Timeless ... sublime ... Williams’ profiles, known for their fearlessness and wicked humor if not for their mercy, are always elegantly written and pitch-perfect ... She simply sees better than anyone and is unafraid to tell exactly what she sees."
 

Boston Globe, October 24, 2008
"As it happens, 'Boogie Man' appears at the same time as the late Marjorie Williams's book of Washington profiles, 'Reputation.' Williams's portrait of Atwater is both far more nuanced, and ultimately far more damning, than the documentary. Stacking the deck even against a cardsharp, as Williams knew, is still stacking the deck."
 

Shelf Awareness, October 22, 2008
“Marjorie Williams's writing displays the effortless grace of Tiger Woods's golf swing. Sadly her death from cancer in 2005 at the age of 47 cut short a stellar career. Now her husband, writer Timothy Noah, has assembled 12 of her sparkling political profiles as a welcome companion to an earlier collection, The Woman at the Washington Zoo. It's impossible to read these insightful portraits without mingled feelings of admiration and loss.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586487713
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Marjorie Williams was born in Princeton, N.J. in 1958 and died in Washington, D.C. in 2005. She is the author of The Woman at the Washington Zoo, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Nonfiction Award. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Noah, a senior writer at Slate, and her children, Alice and Will.

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