" In this sweeping memoir, Novak offers a full account of his involvement in the Valerie Plame CIA leak affair, while also telling the story of his remarkable life and career, a singular journey through a half century of stories, scandals, and personal encounters with Washington's most powerful and colorful people. Novak has been a Washington insider since the days when the place was a sleepy southern town and journalism was built on shoe leather and the ability to cultivate and keep sources (not to mention the ability to hold one's liquor). He has covered every president since Truman, known (personally and professionally) virtually all the big movers and shakers in DC, and broken a number of the biggest stories. Here, he puts it all into perspective. He also reveals the extraordinary transformations that have fundamentally remade Washington, politics, and journalism--and his own role in those transformations.--From publisher description.
I discovered that my own political views have undergone a similar evolution as Mr. Novak's -- from Democrat to Republican but with a sharp rejection of the G. W. Bush/Cheney policies.
This book is marked by excellent writing and painstaking detail. Mr. Novak obviously kept very good records throughout his career. I gave copies of his book to friends for Christmas.
Just to select one of a multitude of favorite passages, I loved the story of a very intoxicated Senator Patrick Moynihan doing the "Shakespeare on Shakespeare" recitation while helping himself to drinking Attorney General Meese's glass of wine (incidentally, I like to refer to the former A.G. as "Meester Ed.")