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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert David Novak  

Pen Name:  Robert D. Novak, Robert Novak, Evans and Novak, Robert David Sanders Novak

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: February 26, 1931 in Joliet, Illinois

Died: 2009 in Washington, D.C.

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-- Robert David Novak on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

*Born in Joliet, Illinois*Attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I) from 1948-1952*He teamed up with Rowland Evans to create the "Evans-Novak Political Report". Novak's column is syndicated by the ''Chicago Sun-Times''

Biographical and Professional Information

*Over his career, Bob Novak has become well-known as a columnist (writing ''Inside Report'' since 1963) and as a television personality (appearing on many shows for CNN, most notably on three former programs, ''The Capital Gang'', ''Crossfire'', and ''Evans, Novak, Hunt, and Shields'').

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Titles At Your Library

The Agony of the G.O.P. 1964
ISBN: B0007DNN72

Macmillan. 1965

"Barry Goldwater not only lost the presidential election yesterday but the conservative cause as well. He has wrecked his party for a long time to come it is not even likely to control the wreckage." Thus wrote James Reston in the New York Times of November 4, 1964, in a post-mortem of one of the worst defeats ever suffered by a major Presidential candidate. Yet to many Republicans, this debacle came as no surprise. It was the inevitable outcome of the Goldwater nomination. How, then, did this nomination - one that violated every precept of American politics - come about? And will the damage it has caused - damage threatening the very existence of the two-party system - prove irreparable? These are the questions The Agony of the G.O.P. 1964 examines, in a brilliant dissection of the weirdest year in the history of the Grant Old Party - and of the leadership crisis that now faces it. Written by Robert D. Novak, nationally known newspaperman, this book is the vivid, unexpurgated story of the right-wing take-over of the G.O.P. It depicts personalities - such figures as Rockefeller, Nixon, Scranton, Romney, Eisenhower, Lodge, and, of course, Goldwater and his "Arizona Mafia" - who played roles in this extraordinary political drama. It traces the chain of events - ranging from New Hampshire to California, and a remarriage in New York to an aassassin's bullet in Dallas - that exorbitantly led to the nearly incredible dénouement. It is a story filled with paradox: the story of a candidate who was his own worst enemy the story of "professionals" who made every mistake in the book and the story, slightly chilling, of "amateurs" who wrote their own book in developing new techniques for the seizure of party power. --- from book's dustjacket

L B J Exercise of Power
ISBN: 0451072502

Signet. 1968

A candid political biography of LBJ from congressman to chief executive.

Nixon in the White House: The Frustration of Power
ISBN: 0394462734

Random House. 1971

Evans, Rowland Jr. And Robert D. Novak, Nixon In The White House: The Frustration Of Power

The Reagan Revolution: An Inside Look at the Transformation of the U.S. Government
ISBN: 052518970X

E.P. Dutton. 1981

item in good condition

Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000
ISBN: 0684827468

Free Press. 2000

Twice in the past generation, the Republican party has proclaimed a "revolution" in American politics. In 1980, Ronald Reagan won a landslide victory on a platform of tax cuts, smaller government, and a stronger defense. And in 1994, Newt Gingrich took up the revolutionary mantle, tossing out the Democratic Congress and proclaiming the end of "business as usual" in Washington. As the 2000 presidential election draws near, the optimism of those heady days seems like ancient history. The Reagan years are a dim memory, and the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill after five years in power has failed to enact the Contract with America. In 2000, the GOP faces not only the possibility of a third consecutive presidential defeat but the prospect of losing its House majority as well. The time for dithering is over, and the time for action is now. Completing the Revolution is Robert Novak's manifesto for a Republican victory in November and for implementing a conservative vision for government in the years to come. He brings to his analysis the combativeness familiar to those who watch him on CNN's Crossfire, and the insight and perspective that have helped to make him one of America's leading political columnists. He is not afraid to criticize the various presidential candidates or the Republican leaders in Congress, especially those who fail to stand up for the party's principles -- whom he calls "Clintonized Republicans." At the center of Completing the Revolution is Novak's bold proposal for a new Republican agenda, one that remains true to the party's core values and can command a majority in the country. He offers surprising and original perspectives on taxes, Social Security, abortion, campaign finance, race and gender politics, and term limits, among other issues. He also lays bare the fault lines that have emerged in the 2000 presidential race and shows how they offer the party a stark choice: division and defeat, or principled victory. The road to the White House, Novak admonishes, requires one thing above all, from candidates and supporters alike: the courage to stick to real Republican principles. For any conservative who cares about the direction of public life in America, Robert Novak has provided the essential guide to our nation's millennial election.

The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington
ISBN: 1400052009

Crown Forum. 2008

New York Times Bestseller

A landmark achievement

The Prince of Darkness is not simply the stunningly candid memoir of one of the country’s most influential reporters but also a riveting history of the past half century in American politics.