Michael Causey


Michael Causey, a past president of Washington Independent Writers, has written in a number of genres, including historical nonfiction for National Geographic publications, advertising copy for Marriott, and journalism in the Washington Post and Washingtonian. A former PR executive, he’s also written extensively about transportation, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and executive leadership. His fiancee is photographer Deborah Jaffe, and he’s the proud father of twin daughters, Caroline and Celia.


54 entries by Michael Causey

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The former rocker talks music, memoir, and “She Blinded Me with Science.”

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The conservative’s on-air irascibility didn’t always rear its head in private.

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The Emmy-winning actress talks conservation, leading men, and her new memoir, Wild Things, Wild Places.

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The writer and longtime activist hasn’t given up on the power of the electorate just yet.

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The novelist talks inspiration, the Great Recession, and the importance of listening closely.

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The journalist and New Yorker staff writer discusses his new book, American Heiress, about the enigmatic Patty Hearst.

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Making the case — or not — for a particular time’s musical dominance.

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Players in 1960s social movements share their stories of triumph and regret

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The professor offers a sobering yet hopeful assessment of modern-day America

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The Other Side of Silence

By Philip Kerr

A likeable, down-on-his-luck gumshoe unravels a mystery in Cold War-era Europe.

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Recalling gas-station lines, embargoes, and all-around angst

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The editor of Women Crime Writers discusses sexism, how crime novels have evolved, and the fact that women dominate bestseller lists but continue to be underrepresented by book reviewers.

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And Yet…

By Christopher Hitchens

An entertaining posthumous collection of writings from the witty, acerbic Brit.

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The Python-turned-director ponders his mortality but still tilts at windmills.

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The novelist and Vietnam vet opens up about the real-life trauma behind his latest fictionalized work, The Trion Syndrome.

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The biographer recounts his chronicling of the irascible, inimitable Gore Vidal.

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You might want to stop high-fiving yourselves, freelancers.

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A master of historical fiction discusses his craft.

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This latest in the detective series is as pleasant as a nice brunch.

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The subject may have been a towering financial figure, but this book makes him out to be a bit taller than he really was.

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Food today might look better, but that doesn't mean it is better.

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A fact-filled look at the United States' so-called first "Age of Terror."

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The attorney/author discusses Snowden, RFK, and his brand-new novel.

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The creator of fictional gumshoe Bernie Gunther talks about his latest novel, ad agencies, and how to write a book at the office.

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Turns out there's something sinister lurking behind your chirpy Facebook newsfeed and helpful Amazon shopping cart.

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Melancholics of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your painted-on smiley face.

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The prolific author discusses epigraphs, music, and the importance of titles.

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A cutting study of how American workers lost the will to battle for their well-being.

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About the only black and white you'll find in Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France are the photographs. In this impassioned work, author Caroline Moorehead chronicles the town of Chambon’s resistance during World War II. It is a true tale of heroism, cowardice, and the spectrum of behavior lurking in between.

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In his latest book, Empire of Sin, the author chronicles the rise and fall of the Big Easy’s infamous Storyville.

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Richard Ford writes time-capsule books. His Frank Bascombe novels should be included in the next NASA probe sent deep into outer space. It will help residents of Planet Glort, on the other side of the Milky Way, better understand what it is to be a human on Planet Earth.

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The Americans wanted to throw him a parade. The French wanted to hang him. Welcome to the world of the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution and lightning-rod pariah in his homeland. In her insightful new biographical portrait, Laura Auricchio gives us a panoramic view of a man who could be both a young hothead and a far-ranging thinker.

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Appreciate the genius and life changing power of innovations that continue to revolutionize life today.

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The author and TV/radio host discusses his latest book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year, written with David Ritz.

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In case being Steve Jobs' long-lost sister or the inspiration for a character on “The Simpsons” isn't interesting enough for you, Mona Simpson is also a very good writer.

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The short-story master and talented novelist discusses the writing life and his new 9/11-themed novel, Before, During, After.

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But Enough About You: Essays

Christopher Buckley

Witty and irreverent, Buckley’s essays range from the treatment of goldfish to thoughts on major political figures.

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There's far more brioche than bullets on display in Martin Walker’s latest Bruno, Chief of Police book, The Resistance Man.

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A Fighting Chance

Elizabeth Warren

A political autobiography with more big ideas than personal revelations

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The News: A User’s Manual

Alain de Botton

A thought-provoking look at how today’s news stokes our fears and exploits our weak hold on a sense of perspective.

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Susan Minot talks about spending seven years to tell a disturbing story, why writers should pursue a 'disturbing feeling' in their work, and why there's no significant difference between writing a novel or short story.

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The two cities are once again pitted against each other, but the result is less blood match than choreographed ballet.

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Author Madison Smartt Bell discusses writing prose like a guitarist, looking for new publishing venues and why Haiti is a spiritual crossroads worthy of study.

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Russell Banks, author of Affliction, Continental Drift, Lost Memory of Skin and Rule of the Bone talks to Michael Causey for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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Two experts present a nuanced case on the American health care system, arguing that we focus too much on symptoms and too little on root causes.

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David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell

The author of The Tipping Point looks at how an underdog's disadvantages and adversity may lend themselves to triumph.

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Michael Causey talks with Independent President David O. Stewart about his debut novel, The Lincoln Deception.

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A freelance journalist shines a light into the far reaches of the secretive shipping industry.

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William McPherson is a quintessential man of letters. He founded The Washington Post’s “Book World” and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for literary criticism. Then he swung around to the other side of the desk to write two beautiful and well received novels, Testing the Current (1984) and To the Sargasso Sea (1987).

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A young journalist reports on her foray into madness.

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A British chronicler of trains makes the case that Alexander Hamilton’s forceful pragmatism fueled the rapid growth of the first U.S. railroads.

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While Batman’s physical world changes with the times, his story never gets old. Two new titles show us why.

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A different kind of road trip chronicles the greatest public works project in U.S. history.