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Unfortunately I’m one of the Snyders who don’t make pretzels. My Dad, Alexander’s claim to fame was seeing Carl Erskine pitch a no hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field which is why he named me Dook, and in the process caused me major grief. A car mechanic, he thought he was funnier than he really was and would drag me to comedy clubs and to the Catskills. My Mom, Gail, taught second grade and treated my Dad like the second grader he often was. I work for an agency that wouldn’t be happy if I told you which one it was but know that I have come to love the Berkshires and have a second home here.

Articles by Dook Snyder

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Full Disclosure’ by Stormy Daniels disrobes the president

Saturday, 27 Oct 2018 - For me, one of the most compelling and completely unexpected matchups we are witnessing these days is Stormy vs. the Donald. And so how appropriate would it be if their dalliance, his lies about it, and his clumsy attempts to mock and minimize and silence her bring down a president who boasted of his ability to sexually assault at will?

BOOK REVIEW: Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear,’ our plight

Sunday, 30 Sep 2018 - I found reading “Fear” to be especially painful. There were times I had to force myself to read more. It was much like watching a most terrifying movie, knowing the maniac is poised to strike at any moment. He could be behind the bathroom door or the living room couch with an axe or a chainsaw. Escape seems impossible.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics’ has current implications

Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 - Stephen Greenblatt has asked himself a question many of us need to ask these days: “How is it possible for a whole country to fall into the hands of a tyrant?” An accomplished scholar, Greenblatt has enlisted one of humankind’s great minds to help solve this mystery: William Shakespeare.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: The Russians and more Russians

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 - Thanks to special counsel Mueller’s July 13, 2018, indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers, we’ve learned in excruciating detail about the extensive hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and cyberattacks on the boards of elections of various states, and companies that supply software and other technology related to the administration of U.S. elections.

As young as one

Saturday, 21 Jul 2018 - Recently, our attention has been split by the plight of the Thai boys trapped in the cave, and the bizarre behavior of President Trump in Brussels, the United Kingdom and Helsinki. And yet there are thousands of parents and children trapped in a kind of hell, waiting to find each other.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Michael Cohen – the early years

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018 - Since we’re working our smoke-signal way through the supporting cast the president has surrounded himself with, it’s probably a good time to get to know the president’s private attorney. And because of the recent raid on his offices and the seizure of a massive amount of documents and some recordings, Michael Cohen’s importance in the Russian Affair and the Neverending Obstruction looms even larger.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Comey on Comey in ‘A Higher Loyalty’

Saturday, 19 May 2018 - Critical reviews of “A Higher Loyalty” are easy to find. Instead, I’m going to offer some excerpts many critics have neglected—reminiscences that reveal why James Comey has become the man he is, providing perspective about why he responded the way he did to the Clinton email investigation and the improper demands of Donald Trump.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Connecting the Kushner dots

Sunday, 18 Mar 2018 - “Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience." --- The Washington Post

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: The Russians and their trolls

Monday, 12 Mar 2018 - There really was, the Justice Department is saying, a Russian influence operation to interfere in the U.S. political system during the 2016 presidential election, and it really was at the expense of Hillary Clinton and in favor of Donald Trump.


Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018 - It didn’t take long for me to realize that the young adults of Parkland were cutting through the layers of despair I had built up all these years. They were telling their truth with passion and conviction.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: The Son-in-Law

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 - With all the talk about the varied skills of Corey Lewandoski, Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon, who took turns steering the Trump campaign, many were surprised by the title of the Nov. 22, 2016, Forbes article: “How Jared Kushner Won Trump the White House.”

A NOVEL: Over the Edge, Chapter 2

Sunday, 4 Feb 2018 - Peter had known this Sergey for many years. They met first in Berlin, became reacquainted in Managua, ran into each other in Zurich and then under orders from Putin, Sergey had him escorted from his apartment under guard to the Moscow airport.

Smoke Signals from The Swamp: Carter Page

Monday, 25 Dec 2017 - Like many of our protagonists, Carter Page's story keeps changing. He didn’t meet with Russians. He did meet with Russians. Nothing happened. Or maybe something did happen.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: The fall of Flynn

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 - General Flynn is inextricably woven into the story of Donald Trump and Russia. And nothing reveals the important role he has played more clearly than the efforts President Trump made to convince FBI Director James Comey not to dig too deeply into what Flynn might have done.

Smoke Signals from The Swamp: Meet General Michael Flynn

Monday, 30 Oct 2017 - "As conflict between states evolves, the cyberspace is becoming an increasingly vital component of strategy and doctrine for war fighting." -- General Michael Flynn, former Trump National Security Advisor