Two former U.S. News colleagues have books coming out, and they both look terrific. Linda Robinson, whose previous book was on our military's Special Forces, has now written what I suspect will be the definitive book on Gen. David Petraeus and the successful surge strategy in Iraq: Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq. And David Whitman, always a scholar as well as a reporter, has written Sweating the Small Stuff: Inner-City Schools and the New Paternalism, a description of some of the great charter schools that are doing a terrific job of educating kids from the most disadvantaged neighborhoods, including the KIPP Academy in the Bronx and the SEED School in Washington, D.C. Official publication dates for both books are still ahead: September for Linda's and August 15 for David's. But get your hands on copies as soon as you can if you have any interest in these subjects.
By Michael Barone