BOOK NOTES: More Book News January 25, 2014

Compiled by Mary Louise Ruehr, Books Editor Published:

AUTHOR VISITS

• Record-Courier editor Roger Di Paolo will discuss his latest book, “The Ravenna Record: The People and Events that Shaped a Community,” at 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna. No registration is required for this free event. Information: 330-296-2827, ext. 200.

• Romance authors Sharon R. Hunter and  Rose Withering will appear at the Pierce-Streetsboro Library, 8990 Kirby Lane, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the library’s meeting room. The authors will talk about their books and how they became interested in writing romance novels. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Pierce Streetsboro Library. Light Valentine’s Day refreshments will be served. To register for this free event, call 330-626-4458. Copies of books will be available for signing and purchase.

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BOOK CLUBS

• Monday Morning Book Group: 11 a.m. Feb. 3, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. — “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. Bring a cup and enjoy free coffee and a discussion. No registration required. Copies available. Information: 330-673-4414 or www.kentfreelibrary.org.

• Page to Screen Book Club: 7 p.m. Feb. 5, Kent Free Library — “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris and the 2000 film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Read the book, watch the movie, then discuss their differences. Copies available. No registration required. Information: 330-673-4414 or www.kentfreelibrary.org.

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Best-Sellers

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

Week ending 1/19/14

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Adult)

2. “First Love” by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (Little, Brown)

3. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

4. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham (Doubleday)

5. “The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom (Harper)

6. “Fear Nothing” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)

7. “Standup Guy” by Stuart Woods (Putnam Adult)

8. “Command Authority” by Tom Clancy (Putnam Adult)

9. “Cross My Heart” by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

10. “The Dead in Their Vaulted Arch” by Alan Bradley (Delacorte)

11. “Dark Wolf” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)

12. “Hazardous Duty” by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV (Putnam Adult)

13. “The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

14. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)

15. “King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. “Duty” by Robert M. Gates (Knopf)

2. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum)

3. “Super Shred” by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin’s)

4. “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt

5. “The Pound a Day Diet” by Rocco DiSpirito (Grand Central Publishing)

6. “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren (Zondervan)

7. “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz (Harper Wave)

8. “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown)

9. “Jim Cramer’s Get Rich Carefully” by James J. Cramer (Penguin/Sentinel)

10. “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter (Little, Brown)

11. “A Short Guide to a Long Life” by David B. Agus (Simon & Schuster)

12. “George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian Kilmeade (Sentinel)

13. “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai (Little, Brown)

14. “The Doctor’s Diet” by Travis Stork (Bird Street Books)

15. “I Am a Church Member” by Thom S. Rainer (B&H)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. “Big Sky Secrets” by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin)

2. “Marriage Between Friends” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)

3. “NYPD Red” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (Vision)

4. “Guilt” by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine)

5. “The Night Before” by Lisa Jackson (Kensington/Zebra)

6. “Blindsided” by Fern Michaels (Zebra)

7. “Seaview Inn” by Sherryl Woods (Mira)

8. “Preacher’s Blood Hunt” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)

9. “Zoo” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Vison

10. “The King’s Deception” by Steve Berry (Ballantine)

11. “Montana Bride” by Joan Johnston (Dell)

12. “Notorious Nineteen” by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

13. “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell (Back Bay Books)

14. “The Mackade Brothers” by Nora Roberts (Silhouette)

15. “Prodigal Son” by Susan Mallery (Harlequin)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell (Back Bay Books)

2. “A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy (Anchor)

3. “12th of Never” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Grand Central Publishing)

4. “Eat It to Beat It!” by David Zinczenko (Ballantine)

5. “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson (Back Bay Books)

6. “Blue Dahlia” by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

7. “Dark Witch” by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

8. “Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen” by Kay Robertson (Howard Books)

9. “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belfort (Bantam)

10. “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel (Back Bay Books)

11. “Four Blood Moons” by John Hagee (Worthy)

12. “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow Paperbacks)

13. “Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh (Touchstone)

14. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)

15. “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor (Vintage)

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

The Associated Press

Week Ended Jan. 19

FICTION

1. “Hollow City” by Ranson Riggs (Quirk Books)

2. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegan Books)

3. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Adult)

4. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

5. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

6. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton Books)

7. “First Love” by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (Little, Brown)

8. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

9. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham (Doubleday)

10. “The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom (Harper)

NONFICTION

1. “Duty” by Robert M. Gates (Knopf)

2. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum)

3. “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)

4. “Super Shred” by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin’s Press)

5. “Killing Jesus: A History” by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co)

6. “The Pound a Day Diet” by Rocco DiSpirito (Grand Central Publishing)

7. “Strengths Finder” by Tom Rath (Gallup)

8. “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren (Zondervan)

9. “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz (Harper Wave)’

10. “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

2. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

3. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

4. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

5. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham (Knopf)

6. “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster)

7. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

8. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

9. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Adult)

10. “First Love” by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (Little, Brown)

NONFICTION E BOOKS

1. “Duty” by Robert M. Gates (Knopf)

2. “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson (Little, Brown)

3. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup (HarperCollins)

4. “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel (Center Street)

5. “Killing Jesus: A History” by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard (Macmillan)

6. “Citizen Soldiers” by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster)

7. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)

8. “The Boy Kings of Texas” by Domingo Martinez (The Lyons Press)

9. “To Marry an English Lord” by Gail MacColl and Carol McD (Wallace/Workman)

10. “A Short Guide to a Long Life” by David B. Agus (Simon & Schuster)

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS 

The Associated Press

1. “Duty” by Robert M. Gates (Knopf)

2. “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson (Little, Brown)

3. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

4. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

5. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)

6. “Hollow City” by Ranson Riggs (Quirk Books)

7. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (Dutton’s Children)

8. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

9. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)

10. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham (Doubleday)

11. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking Adult)

12. “Scandalous Brides” by Annette Blair, Cheryl Bolen, Lucinda Brant, Brenda Hiatt (Sprigleaf)

13. “First Love” by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (Little, Brown)

14. “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup (HarperPerennial)

15. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriaarty (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

16. “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster)

17. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

18. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

19. “Fear Nothing” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)

20. “Super Shred” by Ian K. Smith (St. Martin’s Press)

21. “Big Sky Secrets” by Linda Lael Miller (Harlequin)

22. “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

23. “The Pound a Day Diet” by Rocco DiSpirito (Grand Central Publishing)

24. “Command Authority” by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney (Putnam)

25. “Cross My Heart” by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usatoday.com/list/index

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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‘In the Blood’ is intriguing thriller

By Jeff Ayers, Associated Press

“In the Blood” (Touchstone), by Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger’s novels all explore the theme of family and how it shapes people’s lives. Her latest, “In the Blood,” examines the life of Lana Granger, a person with many secrets.

Granger appears to be running away from a traumatic event in her past. She’s found college life to be rewarding, and is about to graduate. She needs extra money, and learns of an opportunity to baby-sit a young boy named Luke (who has secrets of his own). The two of them hit it off, and Granger looks forward to spending her afternoons with him.

When her best friend, Beck, disappears, the police suspect Granger since she was the last one to see him alive. As the authorities dig deeper, they discover Granger lied about her alibi, and that she has connections to a dead body found a year earlier.

What the police don’t understand is that Granger cannot tell the truth about what happened on either of those occasions. The lies have been flowing so constantly they have become truth.

And then Luke begins to show signs of hostility.

Nothing is what it seems as Unger pulls off some beautiful surprises in this intriguing thriller. Once the final page of “In the Blood” is turned, readers will flip through the novel to see if they can uncover how Unger masterfully told the tale.

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‘Windfall’ explores the business of climate change

By Jennifer Kay, Assciated Press

“Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming” (The Penguin Press), by McKenzie Funk

Apparently, if you look at climate change the right way, it looks like money instead of disaster — if you’re looking at it from a corporate boardroom, for example, and not, say, coastal Bangladesh.

Journalist McKenzie Funk spent six years traveling the world to report “Windfall,” his account of how governments and corporations — many of whom heavily contribute to the problem of global warming but balk at mandates to cut greenhouse gas emissions — are confronting climate change with engineering, money and lawyers.

Funk has written a fun book humanizing the problems of climate change, focused on the colorful entrepreneurs who see in an increasingly inhospitable world golden opportunities for indoor skiing, firefighters employed by insurance companies, Dutch-made seawalls and floating beaches for South Pacific resorts that otherwise might disappear.

He finds that, for those who can afford to adapt, things will be fine, probably. Then he investigates what will happen to everyone else — the Bangladeshis stuck on the wrong side of an Indian border fence, the Africans frantically trying to build a wall of trees to keep the Sahara from expanding, the proudly independent island nations told to consider merging since they’re all losing land anyway.

Funk doesn’t waste time with climate change skeptics — there’s enough scientific evidence to back up the environmental effects he describes. Instead, he considers a thornier issue: the true cost of adapting to climate change.

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Isabel Allende’s ‘Ripper’ is a disappointment 

By Oline H. Cogdill, Sun Sentinel

“Ripper” by Isabel Allende; Harper ($28.99)

 

Chilean author Isabel Allende’s magical realism approach has earned her lyrical novels such as “The House of the Spirits” and “Of Love and Shadows” critical acclaim and solid spots on best-sellers lists.

But Allende’s style fails her in her first crime novel. “Ripper” succumbs to an overwrought plot, weak characters and uninteresting details that derail the story.

Ripper is an online community of amateur sleuths around the world united to solve a series of bizarre killings in San Francisco. High school senior Amanda Martin leads the group, assisted by her pharmacist grandfather, Blake Jackson. The precocious Amanda is a brilliant student, bound for MIT, whose fascination with humanity’s dark side apparently comes from her father, Bob Martin, the youngest deputy chief of the San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide Unit. Amanda’s mother, Indiana Jackson, is the exact opposite of her ex-husband. A compassionate holistic healer, Indiana is a free-spirit, empathic to the clients who come to her for massage and aromatherapy, compassionate to others’ suffering. She attracts ardent suitors but is unwilling to settle down either with her longtime wealthy boyfriend or a former Navy SEAL, physically and emotionally injured in battle.

When the killer ramps up his rampage, the online sleuths intensify their investigation.

The idea of an online community, even one lead by a teenage whiz, banding together to try to catch a killer has made for some intriguing mystery fiction, going back to 1995 with Julie Smith’s “New Orleans Beat.” But the members of the Ripper group are too gleeful, eager for another murder to test their skills, which invalidates the seriousness of the plot.

Allende fills “Ripper” with an overdose of details about her characters, especially Indiana, yet the reader never really connects with any of these characters. Their back stories do nothing to advance the plot. Indiana is supposed to be so in tune with her patients and the people she meets, yet she shows little insight about several people in her inner circle. It’s doubtful that a deputy police chief would share vital and confidential clues about a murder investigation to a civilian, especially his teenage daughter, no matter how bright she is.

The meandering plot’s conclusion comes not as a compelling reveal but as a preposterous letdown.

Allende’s brand of magical realism works well in her other inventive novels, but fails in this sluggish foray into crime fiction.

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The Romance Reader: ‘Perfect Stranger’

By Lezlie Patterson, McClatchy-Tribune

“Perfect Stranger” by Carly Phillips; Penguin ($2.99, e-book)

What a perfect way for Carly Phillips to promote her next full length “perfect” novel.

Phillips takes readers back to Serendipity, where another Marsden sibling will fumble and find love in February in “Perfect Together.” In the meantime, “Serendipity” fans can find romantic bliss with a quick novella featuring Dr. Alexa and studley stranger Luke.

The story actually begins at the ending of “Perfect Fit,” and overlaps a bit. In “Perfect Fit,” Cara had gone to the local bar with Alexa to try to drown her sorrows over Mike ditching her when he left town. Mike shows up at the bar to convince Cara to forgive him (which of course she eventually does) while Alexa is dancing with a “good-looking” stranger.

The stranger, of course, is Luke.

It’s a steam-filled short story. Alexa is a dedicated, work-a-holic and stressed out doctor. Luke is a professional football during the off season who is determined to teach Alexa how to have a good time. (The steam-filled part.) But Luke adds a bit of romancing as well, which makes for a sweet, albeit short, read.

It’s Alexa who needs convincing by the end, and Alexa who has to make the grand gesture to make sure the happily-ever-after happens.

HOW IT STACKS UP

Overall rating: 3 of 5 hearts. It’s a well-done short story, which does a good job building anticipation for the upcoming full-length “Serendipity” book, featuring Sam Marsden.

Hunk appeal: 10. Luke is a good guy, with honorable intentions.

Steamy scene grade: XXXX. It may be a short story, but no shortage of steam.

Happily-Ever-After: Good. It’s a sound ending, but the best part is knowing (hoping) that there will be glimpses of Alexa and Luke in the soon-to-be-released “Perfect Together.”

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ALSO THIS WEEK

“Born in Shame,” by Nora Roberts (1996, paperback) 5 of 5 hearts. Re-packaged in a pretty cover, this is the third of the Concannon sister trilogy and is a vintage Roberts, a fine example of what the talented author does best: Provide a compelling story in an inspiring setting with charming characters. In this finale, Shannon has grown up in America, but travels to Ireland to meet the half-sisters she never knew existed. She meets their neighbor, Murphy, a farmer with strong ties to Ireland. He sees through the walls Shannon has erected around herself.

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New Piper Donovan mystery is the best so far

By WakaTsunoda, Associated Press

“That Old Black Magic” (William Morrow), by Mary Jane Clark

Piper Donovan doesn’t care about playing detective. She’d rather design wedding cakes and go to auditions for TV and film roles.

To the delight of her fans, however, Piper has another close encounter with evil in “That Old Black Magic,” the fourth installment of the series by Mary Jane Clark.

Piper goes to New Orleans to spend a few pleasant days as a guest baker in a renowned pastry establishment. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of a murder spree.

As a creepy locale for a mystery, the Big Easy couldn’t be better. Cemeteries have above-ground tombs, a bar displays voodoo talismans and the bakery that Piper is visiting sells voodoo doll cookies with chocolate needles in their hearts.

Enhancing the local color are intriguing characters such as a maid and her brother who practice voodoo, a tour guide working on a doctoral dissertation on nursery rhymes, a descendant of a Civil War-era plantation owner and a French-born baking master.

But who’s behind the bloodshed in the city’s famed French Quarter? The author hides the culprit and motive so well that even the seasoned armchair detective may not guess the truth before Piper comes face to face with the murderer.

Perfectly paced and plotted, “That Old Black Magic” is the most accomplished Piper Donovan mystery so far.

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Fox News chief Roger Ailes put in context 

By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times

Weeks before its release, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — and Divided a Country” set the media universe popping and fizzing. And no wonder.

The unauthorized biography of the media titan revealed, just for starters, that Ailes: Once offered a female producer $100 extra a week for sex. Targeted a rival TV executive with an obscene, anti-Semitic slur. Mused that if he ever found himself as commander in chief he would require Navy SEALs to pass a new certification requirement — killing illegal immigrants as they crossed the border.

The unsavory revelations provoked a stinging counteroffensive against the author, journalist Gabriel Sherman. Ailes’ Fox News minions have tagged Sherman as everything from a “harasser” and “stalker” to a “phony journalist” and a puppet of liberal financier George Soros.

The rhetorical fog of war has obscured at least a few less obvious truths about “The Loudest Voice in the Room.” One is that, despite Ailes’ abundant objections, the author’s framing of his subject is not so different, in some regards, from what Ailes might offer himself. Would the Fox News boss really mind being viewed as a brilliant and relentless true believer who pursues a singular (conservative) vision of America?

Truth two is that Ailes’ political ideology took form relatively late in life, but his dark world view sprung from his earliest years in an emotionally austere Ohio household. An abusive father taught him that life is a merciless competition.

Truth three is that, for all of liberal America’s hand-wringing and even Sherman’s representation of Ailes as a media force nonpareil, the Fox boss has mostly failed to impose his will on the electorate. Four of the last six presidential elections have gone to Democrats who were routinely demonized on Fox News.

That does not lessen our fascination with Ailes, now 73, as a figure who has chosen to live his life in extremis and who has changed the way political news is reported on TV.

The media titan liked to tell the story of himself as a young boy, jumping from a top bunk bed at his father’s urging. The patriarch let his son crash to the floor to deliver this lesson: “Never trust anyone.” Winners succeed by beating others down. While there has been debate over whether the tale is apocryphal, Ailes carried that sensibility into his career as a political consultant, where he devised ads that slimed opponents, sometimes with half truths. A notable Ailes TV spot savaged one U.S. Senate candidate for freeing an inmate from prison. Never mind that the bars were opened on order of the FBI, which needed the prisoner’s testimony.

When he segued into television news, Ailes determined that news had to entertain. At Fox News, that has meant putting an endless string of attractive blonds in front of the camera. “Move that damn laptop,” Ailes snapped when a computer obscured one anchor. “I can’t see her legs!”

Show-biz values extended to story lines. Even Ailes’ brother, Robert, joins in the musing about made-up stories like the perennial “War on Christmas.”

“Roger believes that the ends justify the means,” said Robert Kennedy Jr., an unlikely early collaborator on a wildlife documentary. “It’s the idea that everybody does it, that the world is really a struggle for power.”

Sherman, a contributing editor at New York magazine, worked on “The Loudest Voice in the Room” for three years. His 600 interviews are noted in 97 pages of footnotes. The use of multiple anonymous sources has disquieted some critics, but many associates have gone on the record.

Former Fox reporter David Shuster describes pressure to stop his tough questioning of George W. Bush representative James Baker during the 2000 presidential election recount. Flashing forward eight years, Fox banished young reporter Shushannah Walshe from the air for daring to demand that Sarah Palin answer questions rather than hide behind her handlers.

Ailes found in News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch a perfect partner and an occasional foil. Clearly, the establishment underestimated the duo. We are reminded how veteran New York Times television reporter Bill Carter saw little promise in the fledgling cable outlet. But the media grandees on the two coasts underestimated the cultural disconnect with people in the heartland.

The Whitewater scandals of the Clinton years — and particularly the revelations about the president’s dalliance with intern Monica Lewinsky — gave Fox News a chance to turn the nightly news into a morality play. Stars like anchor Brit Hume could supercharge the ratings, much as Ted Koppel had by turning the saga of Americans held hostage in Iran into a nightly staple for “Nightline.” “What Koppel had done for the abduction of fifty-two Americans,” Sherman writes, “Hume would do for the president’s creative use of cigars.”

Sherman is at his best writing with sweep about the history of cable news and placing Ailes in context. There are flashes of humor, as when a Fox executive worries that Ailes mustn’t catch him eating raw fish. “Sushi,” the exec explains, “is liberal food.”

And “The Loudest Voice in the Room” cites several examples of Ailes building his own myth as the adventurous, hard-charging newsman. In one anecdote, he recalled brawling with another producer when he helped run television’s old “Mike Douglas Show.” Ailes also claimed that when he put Richard Nixon on the breakthrough talk program he teamed the future president with a belly dancer named “Little Egypt.” Trouble is, no one who worked with him recalls either episode.

Ailes’ comfort with being part of the story would play out more fully once he was in charge at Fox. A couple of years before the last presidential contest, Ailes told associates, “I want to elect the next president.” He eventually would put five possible candidates, including Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, on the Fox payroll.

But the master choreographer couldn’t push the candidate he really wanted, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, into the presidential race. Meanwhile, his wall-to-wall coverage of the tea party and other extreme elements of the Republican Party had made it easier, in Sherman’s estimation, for voters to dismiss the Republicans.

Ailes remained the ringleader, but, as Sherman concludes, “Perhaps the freak show had become too freakish.”

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