Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Arthur Vandenberg’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Arthur Vandenberg’ book review

ARTHUR VANDENBERG: THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY By Hendrik Meijer University of Chicago Press, $35, 432 pages History is unkind to compromisers. If they succeed, disaster is averted and the compromiser is soon forgotten. If they fail, they’re often scapegoated for subsequent events. Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister whose negotiations […]

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Chicago Cubs’ book review

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Chicago Cubs’ book review

THE CHICAGO CUBS: STORY OF A CURSE By Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26, 273 pages The 2017 baseball season has ended, and while there’s no joy in Chicago, neither is there resignation. The Cubs didn’t quite make it this year. But after 108 years of waiting, they won it all in 2016, and […]

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Scalia Speaks’ book review

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Scalia Speaks’ book review

SCALIA SPEAKS: REFLECTIONS ON LAW, FAITH, AND LIFE WELL LIVED By Antonin Scalia Edited by Christopher J. Scalia and Edward Whelan Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg Crown Forum, $30, 432 pages Viewed by both admirers and detractors as the most transformative jurist of our era, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a towering […]

Muriel Dobbin: ‘The House of Unexpected Sisters’ book review

Muriel Dobbin: ‘The House of Unexpected Sisters’ book review

THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS: NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY By Alexander McCall Smith Pantheon, $25.95, 240 pages She’s back! She’s back! And Botswana can relax again in the knowledge that Mma Precious Ramotswe is still hard at work solving problems with her unique No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Alexander McCall Smith is always at […]

Philip Kopper: ‘Unexpected President’ book review

Philip Kopper: ‘Unexpected President’ book review

UNEXPECTED PRESIDENT: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHESTER A. ARTHUR By Scott S. Greenberger DaCapo, $28, 304 pages Just when we thought there is something new under the sun, consider this: A New York plutocrat, who won fame for greed, wheeler-dealing and extravagance without ever holding elective office, becomes president of the United States. Now […]

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Stanton’ book review

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Stanton’ book review

STANTON: LINCOLN’S WAR SECRETARY By Walter Stahr Simon & Schuster, $35, 743 pages Although overshadowed in history by battlefield titans such as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Edwin Stanton was arguably President Abraham Lincoln’s most valuable ally during the Civil War. As secretary of war, Stanton faced the awesome first task of rapidly raising an army, […]

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘President McKinley’ book review

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘President McKinley’ book review

PRESIDENT MCKINLEY: ARCHITECT OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY By Robert W. Merry Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 624 pages Robert W. Merry, a highly respected reporter, writer, editor and publishing executive who has significantly improved each publication with which he’s been associated, is also a presidential historian of note, author among other works of the well-regarded “A […]

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Lost Kingdom’ and ‘Red Famine’ book review

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Lost Kingdom’ and ‘Red Famine’ book review

LOST KINGDOM: THE QUEST FOR EMPIRE AND THE MAKING OF THE RUSSIAN NATION By Serhii Plokhy Basic Books $32, 398 pages RED FAMINE: STALIN’S WAR ON UKRAINE By Anne Applebaum Doubleday, $35, 496 pages In a European continent torn by incessant warfare over the centuries, Ukraine deserves sympathy for its most-abused-state status. As the real […]

Muriel Dobbin: ‘Biblomyseries’ book review

Muriel Dobbin: ‘Biblomyseries’ book review

BIBLIOMYSTERIES: STORIES OF CRIME IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS AND BOOKSTORES By Otto Penzler Pegasus, $26.95, 544 pages In the wonderful world of bibliomystery you may find Adolf Hitler in Wyoming or a haunted scroll dating back to biblical times. Best of all and most enchanting is to step inside the Caxton Private Lending Library […]

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Impossible Presidency’ book review

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Impossible Presidency’ book review

THE IMPOSSIBLE PRESIDENCY: THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA’S HIGHEST OFFICE By Jeremi Suri Basic Books, $32, 344 pages Jeremi Suri, a professor of history at the University of Texas, is author/editor of eight previous books, numerous newspaper and magazine pieces, and a popular guest on television talk shows. His writing is energetic and evocative, […]

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