Books Off a Kerry Biographer's Shelf He helped write the book on John Kerry. Now he helps us wrap up our summer books series. Boston Globe Washington correspondent Michael Kranish reviews his recent reading with NPR's Liane Hansen.

Books Off a Kerry Biographer's Shelf

Books Off a Kerry Biographer's Shelf

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Michael Kranish is a Boston Globe correspondent based in Washington, D.C., and one of the contributors to John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography, By the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best. We spoke with Kranish at his home in Silver Spring, Md.

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The newsman tries to find 20-minute breaks throughout his week for books. But he prefers to devote large blocks of time to his reading list. Earlier this summer, he packed his suitcase with books and other vacation items and headed to North Carolina's Outer Banks. Here are some of the books he's read recently:

Krakatoa, Simon Winchester's account of the biggest volcanic eruption in history and its relationship to social unrest in Indonesia.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, which describes the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and a murder spree that was taking place at the same time.

Damn Senators: My Grandfather and the Story of Washington's Only World Series Championship by Mark Gauvreau Judge, about Washington, D.C.'s storied baseball team, before the club left to become the Texas Rangers. Judge is the grandson of Joe Judge, the star first baseman for the old Washington Senators. He took part in the team's 1924 World Series victory.

From The President: Richard Nixon's Secret Files by Bruce Oudes, for which the author sifted through tens of thousands of documents generated by the White House staff during Richard Nixon's presidency.