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Summer Reading: Last Call For Beach-Worthy Reads

August. Any way you slice it, it's hot and hotter — even the name sounds oppressive. This month, beat the heat with true tales of corruption, hypocrisy, scandal, and white-on-white racism. A couple of these books and your reading will be as hot as sand on the barefoot walk back to the car. Check out the latest books on my radar:

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
The New York Times featured The Dark Side on the cover of the Sunday Book Review this week, calling it "brilliantly researched and deeply unsettling." Author Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer, examines how a cabal — lead by Cheney, not Bush — within the administration set out to restore the unprecedented power of the presidential office. Power which they believed had been unjustly eroded since Nixon left office.

The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality
Is anti-Obama rhetoric more your thing? Obama Nation is a heavily footnoted, detailed argument against the senator's bid for presidency. Before you cozy up, let's meet the source. Media Matters notes its author, Jerome Corsi, is the coauthor of Unfit for Command — a scurrilous book that falsely attacked John Kerry's military service in 2004. What an odd genre to specialize in?

Wait there's more! I promised white-on-white racism and true-life sexy times! To see them,


Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
More than 50 percent of you told Buzz you wouldn't read a blog-based book, but I'm just here to tell you that you can. The blog that spurred anger and spawned copykatz but mostly made us laugh is now bound and glued. Buy it because if there's one thing white people don't like, it's the unread.

You Don't Know Me: A Citizen's Guide to Republican Family Values
It may be bathroom reading, but it exposes the hypocrisy of more than 100 Republican officials, officeholders, and lovers of bible quotes. You Don't Know Me not only dishes out more dirty facts about well-known sex scandals, but it also uncovers a myriad of conservative wantonness that, until now, has gone unchecked. Check out an excerpt on Radar.

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