A Tale of Two Christies

No politician, regardless of political party, or government policy is safe from the author's scrutiny, but those mired in the usual hypocrisy of the public arena are particular targets: Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, the National Rifle Association and the Tea Party get special attention, but so do liberals beholden to special interest groups on the Left.

Gov. Christie, whom the author has dubbed "The New Colossus of Trenton," not for his physical size but for the way he has domina-ted national as well as Jersey politics, has a whole section devoted to him and his in-your-face style of government. In the end, the author comes down on the side of a "yes" vote for Christie, but only after pointing out serious flaws the governor has exhibited in his Cinderella-like rise to national prominence.

This work, which is available as an eBook only, is an abridged version of Essays for my Father.

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A fast-paced, one-volume study of the most fascinating entertainer of the 20th century. The book isn't an academic tome, although it is extensively researched and footnoted; rather, it is designed to be a highly readable page-turner, for avid Sinatraphiles as well as more casual fans of his music and films. It examines the forces, both positive and negative, that made Sinatra Sinatra, with special attention given to the love-hate relationship he maintained toward Hoboken and New Jersey for most of his life. He once called the city of his birth a "sewer," but later observed, "When I was there, I just wanted to get out. It took me a long time to realize how much of it I took with me."
"Richard Muti's essays are smart and provocative, personal and political."
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As this eBook is published, Gov. Chris Christie enjoys a 72 percent approval rating, the highest level attained by any governor in New Jersey history. Yet, the man still evokes passionate feelings from supporters and foes, alike.
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