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The Books Briefing: What Is a Political Memoir For?



Memoirs from those who have left political life, however, can offer more honesty. Hillary Clinton’s What Happened analyzes the failings in press coverage of her presidential run, and also takes responsibility for her role in Trump’s victory. Barney Frank’s memoir gets even more personal, chronicling the challenges he faced as the first member of Congress to come out as gay. Michelle Obama’s surprisingly intimate Becoming shines brightest when it reveals the fear and frustration behind the former first lady’s composure.

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How Americans became part of the Trump family

Too Much and Never Enough, by Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, is both a memoir and a manifesto … Mary Trump, chastened by her own, earlier silence about her uncle’s unfitness for office, is sounding a belated alarm. People have suffered, she writes, because her uncle is incapable of understanding other people’s suffering. People have died because her uncle cares more about the illusion of competence than its realization.”

? Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, by Mary Trump

Ivana Trump
Ivana Trump attends the Fashion Institute of Technology’s annual gala benefit at the Plaza Hotel in New York, in 2016 (MICHAEL ZORN / INVISION / AP)

The biggest winners: what Ivana reveals about Trump family values

“By virtue of its core characters—a man who becomes the American president, a daughter who becomes his adviser, a son-in-law who becomes responsible for criminal-justice reform and opioid-crisis management and bringing peace to the Middle East—Raising Trump is less a straightforward memoir than it is a teasing exploration of the workings of the presidential family. Here are the oft-discussed ‘Trump family values,’ as explained by the woman who helped create them.”

? Raising Trump, by Ivana Trump

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris’s political memoir is an uneasy fit for the digital era

“Unlike Harris’s many viral #resistance moments and meticulous snapshots of relatability, the memoir itself is a meandering work that lacks verve. More significantly, given far more than 280 characters to deliver a cohesive message, Harris doesn’t meaningfully reconcile her punitive track record as a California prosecutor with her more recent activist-adjacent positioning as a national Democratic darling.”

? The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, by Kamala Harris

Hillary Clinton at a book signing

Why Hillary Clinton’s book is actually worth reading

“Most books by politicians are bad … But What Happened is not a standard work of this genre. It’s interesting, it’s worth reading, and it sets out questions that the press, in particular, has not done enough to face.”

? What Happened, by Hillary Clinton

Barney Frank

The cross-generational politics of Barney Frank

“Since, in his usual way, Barney Frank gets right to the point in his new memoir, I will too: the most engaging—and indeed occasionally heartrending (not an adjective I ever thought I’d use in writing about Frank)—parts of this book are those in which he discusses his long struggles with his sexuality and relationships.”

? Frank: A Life in Politics From the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, by Barney Frank

Michelle Obama

The uncommon, requisite resolve of Michelle Obama

Becoming is satisfying for the quiet moments in which Mrs. Obama, the woman who supported a black man named Barack all the way to the presidency, gets to let down her hair and breathe as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side.”

? Becoming, by Michelle Obama

About us: This week’s newsletter is written by Kate Cray. The book she’s reading next is On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married




Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’




Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today




Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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