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WARRIOR POLITICS
BY ROBERT D. KAPLAN
(RANDOM HOUSE, $22.95)

Machiavelli defined policy not by its excellence but by its outcome. Sun Tzu urged leaders to “plan and calculate like a hungry man.” Kaplan, who wrote the bestselling Balkan Ghosts, delves into the advice, warnings, and examples from history’s most noted leaders, and provides a guide for today’s political and corporate heads of state. Henry Kissinger calls it “one of the most thought-provoking and profound books I have read.”

OUR READ: AN INVALUABLE TEMPLATE FOR DECISIONMAKERS
THE MONARCHY
BY DEBORAH HART STROBER AND GERALD S. STROBER
(BROADWAY BOOKS, $32.50)

Next month, Queen Elizabeth II marks her 50th year as the reigning British monarch. More than 100 friends and associates of the Royal Family, including Nelson Mandela, Mohamed Al Fayed, and Thomas Keneally, were interviewed for The Monarchy, and the result is a comprehensive profile of a remarkable matriarch.

OUR READ: GOOD PREP FOR THE YEAR’S JUBILEE

TEPPER ISN’T GOING OUT
BY CALVIN TRILLIN
(RANDOM HOUSE, $22.95)

Murray Tepper always seems to be reading his newspaper in his car, parked in a particularly desirable spot in Manhattan. He draws the attention of motorists seeking his space, curious New Yorkers, and eventually the media — all of whom begin to think Murray must know something they don’t, and start lining up to sit in his car and find out. Trillin, a bestselling author and New Yorker contributing columnist, spins a witty tale of life in the city.

OUR READ: A TREAT FOR TRILLIN FANS

BASKET CASE
By CARL HIAASEN
(KNOPF, $25.95)

In an outrageous new novel by the author of Sick Puppy and Lucky You, failed investigative reporter Jack Tagger (“always be half-prepared”), who’s now writing obituaries for a South Florida daily, senses something odd about the death of rock star Jimmy Stoma and follows up on his suspicions. Watch for the posthumous release of the Stoma single “Basket Case” on Warren Zevon’s forthcoming CD.

OUR READ: A WICKED AND FISHY YARN