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