In The Mail: The Prince Of Darkness

One of the ironies of my new job is that I get a number of books for review purposes — and hardly any time to read them. Over the weekend, I plan on posting about three new books just hitting the bookstores, and one from a prominent blogger. However, this afternoon I received what looks like one of the more intriguing selections I’ve seen in a while — the memiors of Robert Novak, titled Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting In Washington.
According to the promotional material, Novak tells the full story of the Valerie Plame scandal for the first time — but that’s hardly the only draw for readers. It promises to be a fascinating look both inside the Beltway and into the life of a man whose glowering visage has dominated political reporting for decades.
I’ll write more after I have a chance to read it. You can be sure that I’ll make some time for this book.

6 thoughts on “In The Mail: The Prince Of Darkness”

  1. I remember hearing Novak (on a radio show) talking about his own little investigation into Brewster Jennings & Associates–the company name on the business cards that Valerie Plame gave to acquaintances. With just a little bit of digging, Novak could see that Brewster Jennings was little more than a front, if it was anything, and was a paper-thin front at that. Brewster Jennings was essentially an empty office with a mail slot. Whatever Brewster Jennings was a cover story for, it wasn’t a convincing cover story.

  2. Hey, I know! Let’s try the Wilsons in the press now that we’ve acquitted Scooter that way! I’ll bet Bob’s memoir is destined to be the great hit piece we expect!

  3. Are we going to hear about how he let the Plame investigation go on even though he knew it was a sham?

  4. Re: kindaskeptical at June 29, 2007 9:55 PM
    It was the Wilsons that put themselves in the press spotlight, by writing a high-profile New York Times editorial slamming the Bush Administration. Afterwards, Novak just asked the obvious questions. How did this anti-Bush anti-Iraq-War non-spy get a CIA assignment like that? Does Joe Wilson have some special connection to the CIA, or some special knowledge of weapons that we don’t know about? And after coming back, why is Wilson allowed (by the CIA) to write about it in the New York Times? Novak saw some odd things about former-Ambassador Wilson, and his personal anti-Bush crusade.

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