The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington
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It normally does not take me four years to finish a book. In fact, it rarely takes me more than a week if I’m busy. I began this book because this guy recommended it to my Dad. Being an ambitious kid, I decided to pick it up. And I enjoyed it. A lot. But, if you hadn’t noticed, it’s a little bit thick. It’s a little bit dry. It’s, frankly, just a little bit intimidating. I would ...more
Whereas the firefighters in Fahrenheit 451 sought to burn books instead of put out the fires, modern journalists set o ...more
Robert Novak was famously disagreeable and curmudgeonly, so much so that one of his acquaintances stopped inviting him to dinner parties, calling him “the Prince of Darkness”. With this outstanding memoir, Novak owns that sobriquet, and demonstrates why he was one of the best political reporters in Washington DC for nearly fifty years.
In this book, Novak begins with his role in the Valarie Plame affair, and then backtracks to talk about how he became a reporter, and later how he partnered with R...more
I had never read ...more
I did enjoy the book, but it is probably not for everyone. This voyeuristic memoir plods through Novak's 50+ year career. It is long and full of anecdotes about a wide cast of political characters. He is an interesting character himself, at one moment arrogant and the next revealing of professional and personal faults that many would be reluctant to share.
The one thing that kept growing on me as I read this book was how narcissis ...more
I think the most enlightening aspect is to learn how the press is used by all sides in D.C. by intentionally leaking stories in order to ga ...more