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Front Row at the White House by Helen Thomas
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May 28, 10

Read from May 19 to 28, 2010

How in the name of common sense did Helen Thomas, mistress of the concise question and pithy press piece, forget a simple proverb that has served her so well? Namely, Short and Sweet is Hard to Beat.

The stories she tells succeed at about a 60% clip. Not bad for a memoir. And, she was in alot of the right places at alot of the right times to have a treasure chest of wonderful anecdotes. But, she tells them in a whirlwind fashion with few pauses and little by way of transitions. Its not quite stream of conscious, but it comes close at times. She compounds the error of run-on stories by letting chapters within the book run up to about 80 pages. That is simply too long.

I had expected better writing from a very gifted journalist. She's a national treasure. This book is not.
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