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. He’s the host of Get Up!, a Monday-morning music and interview program on WOWD 94.3 FM Takoma Park, and the proud dad of twin daughters Celia and Caroline.


93 entries by Michael Causey

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The author makes a strong case for the Left Coast’s creative primacy during the mid-70s.

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Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice, 1967-1975

By Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg

This hit-or-miss memoir leaves far too much unsaid.

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An unusual, uneven look at the Fab Four.

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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

By Dolly Parton with Robert K. Oermann

An American treasure tells it like it is.

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Let Love Rule

By Lenny Kravitz with David Ritz

The performer’s first memoir reveals a winning, clear-eyed maturity.

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A sweeping, scrapbook-like celebration of DC bands and venues.

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An unsentimental, inspiring recollection of life in the Go-Go’s.

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Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite

By Roger Daltrey

The Who’s vocal frontman opens up about his life.

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Face It: A Memoir

By Debbie Harry

One of America’s New Wave pioneers gives readers a backstage history.

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This power pop singer and (song) writer’s writer somehow still flies under the radar.

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Twilight of the Gods

By Steven Hyden

This musical elegy will have you shredding on air guitar in no time.

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The journalist talks Spam, dead parrots, and the Ministry of Silly Walks.

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The Who’s vocal frontman opens up about his life.

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The journalist talks the wisdom, resilience, and continued relevance of Betty Ford.

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This second half of the two-volume biography ably captures the late music man's genius.

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Lou Reed

By Anthony DeCurtis

This well-balanced biography separates the man from the icon.

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Maximum Volume

By Kenneth Womack

The first in a two-volume series about the genius behind the geniuses.

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Widely praised as our greatest former president, it's time to reassess Jimmy Carter’s tenure in the White House, says his one-time chief domestic policy adviser.

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This musical elegy will have you shredding on air guitar in no time.

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The famed reporter talks bin Laden, My Lai, and how the mainstream media underestimates Trump.

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The Captives: A Novel

By Debra Jo Immergut

Do we ever really leave high school behind?

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The writer talks history, the sea, and the reissued book that captures his younger self.

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The bestselling writer talks research, Army artists, and his knack for finding themes after the fact.

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The famed whistleblower explains why we're closer than ever to doomsday.

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The daughter of famed intellectual Alan Watts talks about editing her late father's letters.

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The journalist explains why the elderly are so much happier than the rest of us.

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The Radical Right isn't as bad as you think, says the seasoned journalist in Alt-America. It's worse.

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The international-relations expert talks whistleblowers, the CIA, and the danger of putting too many military men in charge.

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Lou Reed: A Life

By Anthony DeCurtis

This well-balanced biography separates the man from the icon.

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The bestselling novelist is back with a brand-new protagonist.

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The first in a two-volume series about the genius behind the geniuses.

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The celebrated novelist celebrates another writer: the late Peter Taylor.

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The rock 'n' roll writer talks about Reginald Dwight, the man who became Elton John.

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A mostly melodic compendium of essays on the music that made us.

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The former soldier and prosecutor talks about his unusual path to writing — and the eerie prescience of his debut novel.

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The historian behind The Evangelicals explores the political power of true believers.

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The Prince of Puke. The People’s Pervert. These and other honorifics are titles filmmaker, author, and spoken-word performer John Waters wears with garish pride.

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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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By Clara Bingham

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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By Bryan Burrough

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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By Doug Most

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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The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less

By Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor

Two experts present a nuanced case 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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Rose George

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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Christian Wolmar

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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Mark Cotta Vaz and Brandon T. Snider

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

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Earl Swift

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