Celebrity Picks: Lawrence O'Donnell's Favorite Reads of 2017

Jon Foro on February 01, 2017

Lawrence-ODonnell225As host of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and a mainstay of the long-running (and deeply mourned) The McLaughlin Group, Lawrence O'Donnell has forged a career out of nuanced commentary, and in an increasingly shrill arena, his thoughtful and measured approach is a welcome throwback, regardless of which side of the aisle you sit. With his new book, Playing with Fire, O'Donnell takes on what was perhaps the most contentious presidential election in our nation's history, where the old rule book went out the window and everything seemed to go sideways, sweeping the Democrats out of the White House and leaving the party in ruins.

That's right: 1968.

It won't be surprising that history and politics highlight his reading list. See his picks below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.

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Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen
My own explanation for how we got a President Trump reached back a few decades. Then came Kurt Andersen with the full explanation that reaches back five hundred years. Fantasyland is the brilliant indispensable explainer of the country we live in.

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Richard Nixon: The Life by Jack Farrell
This is the definitive Nixon biography, an invaluable resource for me in writing my own book. Jack Farrell found the smoking gun that proves Nixon colluded with a foreign government to win the presidency.

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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
In his exploration of genius from Steve Jobs to Einstein to Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson has delivered his most magical portrait yet: Leonardo da Vinci. Every beautifully written page of this enthralling story delivers astounding detail about the gay, uneducated, sometimes heretical man who produced the most famous religious painting in history and the most famous portrait while pushing mathematics and science in new directions.

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