Books by David Greenberg

REPUBLIC OF SPIN by David Greenberg
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"At once scholarly, imaginative, and great fun."
From William McKinley to Barack Obama, a prizewinning historian looks at the tortured marriage of public relations and the modern presidency. Read full book review >
SUPER SILLY SCHOOL POEMS by David Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Stick with Prelutsky and Silverstein. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
A collection of poems to start the school year off with a laugh. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2006

"So if you're smart, you'll read my book / Of modern children's etiquette. / If you don't, I'm sad to say— / Your life will be pathetiquette." So opines Miss Information, who goes on to offer chancy guidance for a range of situations, from the proper way to drink from a gravy boat to keeping the babysitter locked up, from shaking hands or kissing ("With emperors and empresses / You only kiss their cheeks. / With giant thrashing octopi / You only kiss their beaks") to "correct" behavior in museums and libraries. Most of the 20 rhymed entries are prefaced with a perspective-setting quotation from Emily Post or some like authority, and all are surrounded by Westcott's exuberant cartoon young folk happily acting out before a corps of befuddled grown-ups. Joining a spate of recent jocular takes on the topic (see, for instance, Alan Katz's Are You Quite Polite? Silly Dilly Manners Songs, 2006), this may make its case for civilized behavior indirectly, but even dimmer readers will "getiquette." (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)Read full book review >
NIXON’S SHADOW by David Greenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Thought-provoking from start to finish."
"No postwar politician did more to educate Americans to the primacy of image in politics" than Richard Nixon. So argues historian Greenberg in a rich work full of lessons and implications for spin doctors. Read full book review >