Work on your tan while you entertain your mind with these best books for summer (And celebrities tell The Post their favorites, too!)
- Last Updated: 11:51 PM, July 7, 2012
- Posted: 10:59 PM, July 7, 2012
POLITICS AND WAR
Barack Obama: The Story
by David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster), out now
An exhaustively reported, 600-plus-page sweeping examination of the 44th president. But the best parts are of Obama’s “bad boy days” — his “Choom Gang” of pot smokers in Hawaii, his “barf couch” in college and the tidbits Maraniss gleaned from Obama’s early girlfriends, including a passage about his “sexual warmth.”
Code Name Caesar
The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 During World War II
by Jerome Preisler and Kenneth Sewell
(Berkley), out now
For the history buff who’s read it all, here’s a new book about the little known, one and only underwater sub-on-sub kill in history. The Germans packed a U-Boat with their most advanced technology and headed to Japan to aid the war effort. But thanks to cracking the Enigma code, the British were able to meet the U-boat head-on and an underwater battle began.
The True Story of the D-Day Spies
by Ben Macintyre (Crown), out July 31
The story of D-Day — when 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy — as it’s never been told before: through the perspective of what’s known as the “Double Cross” system. D-Day, author Macintyre writes, is a “masterpiece in trickery,” and this amazing story shows how double agents and spies tricked the German army and saved thousands of Allied lives.
Author; his new book is “I, Michael Bennett,”
(Little, Brown & Company)
“The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” by Robert Caro (Knopf)
Meticulously researched fourth volume on Lyndon Johnson’s career at the White House. “I’ve been waiting for Robert Caro’s latest tome, and so there went my May. The winding, often darkly humorous details in his biographies of LBJ and Robert Moses rank him as one of my all-time favorite nonfiction storytellers.”
Host of “The Apprentice”
“The Amateur” by Ed Klein (Regnery Publishing)
A scathing indictment of the Commander-in-Chief.
“It’s an excellent read and very insightful.”
All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradury
by Sam Weller and Mort Castle (William Morrow), out July 10
Bradbury is gone, but he won’t be forgotten, thanks in part to this anthology of 26 new tales inspired by the sci-fi master’s canon of work. Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman, Audrey Niffenegger, and others contribute.
Author of adult novel “Red Rain” (Touchstone), out Oct. 9; his “Goosebumps” series celebrates its 25th anniversary this month.
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