Martin Rubin: ‘The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire’ book review

THE ENGLISH CONQUEST OF JAMAICA: OLIVER CROMWELL’S BID FOR EMPIRE By Carla Gardina Pestana Belknap/Harvard University Press, $35, 362 pages, iIllustrated An unfortunate side-effect of the otherwise admirable success of Hilary Mantel’s novel “Wolf Hall” and its subsequent blockbuster television and stage adaptations has been a tendency to make its protagonist, the relatively minor figure […]

Michael Taube: ’42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story’ book review

Michael Taube: ’42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story’ book review

42 FAITH: THE REST OF THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY By Ed Henry W Publishing Group (imprint of Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins), $24.99, 333 pages Jackie Robinson’s inspirational story has long been immortalized in books and movie adaptations. He broke major league baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. He played for the Brooklyn (now Los Angeles) Dodgers […]

This WWI history podcast is better than any textbook

This WWI history podcast is better than any textbook

By James Walpole / FEE Morbid fascination is a strong motivator for me. Recently it’s brought me around to a renewed study of the first world war. For me, the study of this war (and other terrible things in human history) is about far more than military maneuvers or victories or defeats. I want to […]

Paul Davis: ‘The Force’ book review

Paul Davis: ‘The Force’ book review

THE FORCE By Don Winslow William Morrow, $27.99, 479 pages Don Winslow has stated in interviews that he has always wanted to write a book about New York City cops. He says he was influenced heavily in his youth by books and films from the 1970s, such as “The French Connection,” “Serpico” and “Prince of […]

At 102, legendary author Herman Wouk has a new book out

At 102, legendary author Herman Wouk has a new book out

Jewish novelist says his ‘main task’ has been depicting ‘what happened in World War II and the Holocaust’ By Benjamin Kerstein The Pulitzer Prize-winning Jewish author Herman Wouk has published his latest and what he indicated was likely his last book at the age of 102. Interviewed by “ CBS Sunday Morning” on Sunday, Wouk […]

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘You’re More Powerful Than You Think’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘You’re More Powerful Than You Think’ book review

YOU’RE MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU THINK: A CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO MAKING THINGS HAPPEN By Eric Liu Public Affairs, $25, 222 pages Some years back, The New Yorker ran a cartoon showing a tour guide and his charges overlooking a ruined Mayan temple. Their civilization had died, the guide explains, after everyone became a motivational speaker […]

Muriel Dobbin: ‘Devil’s Breath: A Max Tudor Mystery’ book review

Muriel Dobbin: ‘Devil’s Breath: A Max Tudor Mystery’ book review

DEVIL’S BREATH: A MAX TUDOR MYSTERY By G.M. Malliet Minotaur, $25.99, 304 pages Mixing a former M15 agent with a dishy priest and a bunch of Hollywood gossips is guaranteed to be at least entertaining and potentially explosive. And it is in this lively and sometimes hilarious account of the latest adventures of Max Tudor, […]

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘The Vanishing American Adult’ book review

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘The Vanishing American Adult’ book review

THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT: OUR COMING-OF-AGE CRISIS – AND HOW TO REBUILD A CULTURE OF SELF-RELIANCE By Ben Sasse St. Martin’s Press, $27.99, 306 pages “I believe our entire nation is in the midst of a collective coming of age crisis without parallel in our history,” writes Ben Sasse, junior senator from Nebraska and former […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Saints for All Occasions’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Saints for All Occasions’ book review

SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS By J. Courtney Sullivan Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, 352 pages “Saints for All Occasions tells the stories of the Flynn sisters: Nora and Theresa, who leave their home in Ireland to settle in Boston in 1958. Theresa is the adventurous one; Nora is the older, shy, responsible one. She’s engaged to […]

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