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What Peggy Noonan is reading

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“Pamela Harriman, I’m ashamed to say. I wish I were reading Immanuel Kant, or even Immanuel Can. But the fact is, I am reading Christopher Ogden’s biography of Pamela Harriman. It is so over-the-top in its dislike of its subject that it is irresistible. As much as her biographer dislikes Harriman, her life force and her energy come through in a way that is almost moving. She sees life in her own way, make that in her own highly distinctive way.

“I just finished reading Conor Cruise O’Brien’s biography of Edmund Burke…a marvelous book about the life of the mind as opposed to the life of the flesh. I read at night before I go to sleep and at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon.”