Michael Causey


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.


101 entries by Michael Causey

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Positive Vibrations: Politics, Politricks and the Story of Reggae

Its beach-party vibe belies the music’s power and reach.

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Beeswing

By Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg

Beeswing

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

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The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure

Meet the warriors trying to save us from the next pandemic — and ourselves.

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Citizen Cash: The Political Life and Times of Johnny Cash

The country icon was less neutral than he sometimes appeared.

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The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present

An expansive compilation — and confirmation — of the master’s genius.

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Dolly Parton, Songteller

By Dolly Parton with Robert K. Oermann

Dolly Parton, Songteller

An American treasure tells it like it is.

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Rock Me on the Water: 1974 — The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics

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

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

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

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150 Glimpses of the Beatles

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

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

An American treasure tells it like it is.

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Let Love Rule

By Lenny Kravitz with David Ritz

Let Love Rule

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

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Kindred Spirits: An American Music Journey

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

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All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir

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

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Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite

By Roger Daltrey

Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite

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

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Face It: A Memoir

By Debbie Harry

Face It: A Memoir

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

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Cruel to Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe

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

Twilight of the Gods

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

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An Interview with David Morgan

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

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Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story

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

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An Interview with Lisa McCubbin

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

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Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years, 1966-2016

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

Lou Reed

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

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Maximum Volume

By Kenneth Womack

Maximum Volume

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

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An Interview with Stuart E. Eizenstat

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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Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock

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

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An Interview with Seymour Hersh

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

The Captives: A Novel

Do we ever really leave high school behind?

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An Interview with Nathaniel Philbrick

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

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An Interview with Brad Meltzer

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

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An Interview with Daniel Ellsberg

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

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An Interview with Joan Watts

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

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An Interview with John Leland

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

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An Interview with David Neiwert

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

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An Interview with Melvin A. Goodman

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

Lou Reed: A Life

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

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An Interview with Nelson DeMille

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

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Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966

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

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An Interview with Ann Beattie

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

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An Interview with Tom Doyle

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

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Shake it Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z

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

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An Interview with Walt Gragg

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

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An Interview with Frances FitzGerald

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

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An Interview with John Waters

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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An Interview with Thomas Dolby

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

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Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on the Firing Line

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

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An Interview with Jane Alexander

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

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An Interview with Ralph Nader

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

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An Interview with Imbolo Mbue

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

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An Interview with Jeffrey Toobin

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

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Never a Dull Moment: 1971, the Year That Rock Exploded

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

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By Clara Bingham

Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind an

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

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An Interview with Robert W. McChesney

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

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The Other Side of Silence

By Philip Kerr

The Other Side of Silence

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

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Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s

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

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An Interview with Sarah Weinman

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

And Yet…

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

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Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir

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

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An Interview with Tom Glenn

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

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An Interview with Jay Parini

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

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Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism are Screwing American Workers

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

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An Interview with Thomas Mallon

A master of historical fiction discusses his craft.

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The Patriarch: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

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

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The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger

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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The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor

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

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By Bryan Burrough

Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

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

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An Interview with Ronald Goldfarb

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

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An Interview with Philip Kerr

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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An Interview with Robert Scheer

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

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An Interview with Kim Korson

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

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An Interview with T.C. Boyle

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

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The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power

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

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An Interview with Caroline Moorehead

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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An Interview with Gary Krist

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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An Interview with Richard Ford

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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An Interview with Laura Auricchio

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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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

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

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An Interview with Tavis Smiley

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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An Interview with Mona Simpson

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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An Interview with Richard Bausch

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

But Enough About You: Essays

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

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Interview with Martin Walker

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

By Elizabeth Warren

A Fighting Chance

A political autobiography with more big ideas than personal revelations

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The News: A User’s Manual

Alain de Botton

The News: A User’s Manual

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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Interview with Susan Minot

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 Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway

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

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Interview with Madison Smartt Bell

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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Interview with Russell Banks

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

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

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

David and Goliath

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

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Interview with David O. Stewart

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

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Rose George

Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping

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

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Author Q&A with William McPherson

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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Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness

A young journalist reports on her foray into madness.

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Christian Wolmar

The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America

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

Batmobile: The Complete History and The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles & Documents fro

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