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A Shameless Plug

Tuesday, Sept. 25 is the official release date of Baer's book about PA politics; this is a shameless plug promoting the work.

A Shameless Plug

This is a shameless plug.

Tuesday, Sept. 25 is the official release date of my book, "On the Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting."

You all should read this book. It is fun.

This is despite the fact that my publisher, The History Press, didn't like my working title, "Pennsylvania Politics: You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Form a Mob."

It's also despite the fact my publisher didn't like my idea for back-of-the-book blurbs. I wanted Ed Rendell, for example, to say, "Please don't read this book." I wanted Arlen Specter to say, "I haven't read it but I know it's wrong." And I wanted Bobby Casey to say, "All I know about Baer is my father never liked him."

But no. My publisher went with a blurb from former Daily News editor (now Committee of Seventy boss) Zack Stalberg, who wrote the forward which, by the way, is also fun.

The book is an irreverent look at state politics and its many characters. It includes behind-the-scenes stuff, my favorite political stories of the past quarter-century, has lots of pictures and even some toons from our Pulitizer Prize cartoonist Signe Wilkinson (thanks, Sig).

I'd also mention it's not too soon to start thinking about holiday gift-giving. I'm sure friends and family members who enjoy politics (and laughing) would be delighted to have a copy. Or two.

Also, if you work for an academic institution or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, I think this book should be required reading for all incoming students and citizens.

It's available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble sites and you can direct-link to it on The History Press site: https://historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/On-the-Front-Lines-of-Pennsylvania-Politics/9781609497156

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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