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Mar 16, 2018

The New York Times | Book Review - March 16,2018.


The New York Times 
Dear Reader...
The Senate as a court of impeachment for the trial of Andrew Johnson.
The Senate as a court of impeachment for the trial of Andrew Johnson. Library of Congress
“It’s really hard to impeach a president.” 
It’s really hard to beat that opening line, from Andrew Sullivan, in his review of two books by Cass Sunstein, “Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide” and “Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America.” That’s why our cover art this week is nonexistent; Sullivan’s essay offers a compelling argument all its own, so we decided to blow it up and give it room. 
Sunstein, a professor at Harvard Law School and author of many best sellers, is also a guest on the podcast, where our conversation ranged from John Tyler to Richard Nixon and beyond. The podcast was also visited by British historian Kathryn Hughes, who reveals the stories behind her new book, “Victorians Undone.”
Also in this week’s issue: Andrew Solomon on the new memoir by Ian Buruma, “A Tokyo Romance.” Solomon, the award-winning author of “Far From the Tree,” is a frequent contributor to the Book Review. (He last wrote about Daphne Merkin’s memoir “This Close to Happy.”) And Jon Meacham reconsiders the work of the historian Barbara W. Tuchman. For Tuchman fans (I’m one), here’s our 1984 review of “The March of Folly.”
Outside the Review, Laura Lippman enthuses about Ruth McKenney, author of “My Sister Eileen,” the source for the musical “Wonderful Town” (the revival soundtrack with Donna Murphy and Jennifer Westfeldt is a personal favorite).
As always, let me know what you think – about this newsletter, our reviews, our podcast or what you’re reading. You can email me at books@nytimes.com and even if it takes me weeks to write back (I confess it probably will) I'm reading and thinking about your feedback.
Pamela Paul
Editor of The New York Times Book Review