"Because he was simpler than Nixon in some ways, more sentimental than Nixon, [Reagan] allowed himself to imagine a world without the Soviet Union.
"Which Nixon's mind — much more brilliant than Reagan's — couldn't quite bring himself to do," says Thomas Mallon, author of the new novel, Finale, in conversation with Nick Gillespie of ReasonTV:
Mallon is a rare novelist who actually lives in Washington, D.C. and writes about politics and power. (...) His phenomenal new novel Finale (...) follows the adventures of a fictional National Security Council advisor making his way through the scandal-ridden final years of the Reagan administration. (...)
The former literary editor of GQ and the widely praised author of a shelf of novels (including Dewey Defeats Truman and Watergate: a Novel) and nonfiction (Mrs. Paine's Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy; Stolen Words: Forays into the Origins and Ravages of Plagiarism), Mallon also explains why "95 percent of the writers" he knows are liberal Democrats (and why that bothers him), how social media and memoir are killing the novel, and why he's disappointed in writers such as Jonathan Franzen.
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