Gary Anderson: ‘The Road Not Taken’ book review

Gary Anderson: ‘The Road Not Taken’ book review

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN: EDWARD LANSDALE AND THE AMERICAN TRAGEDY IN VIETNAM By Max Boot Liveright, $35, 768 pages Edward Lansdale is probably the greatest cold warrior that most Americans have never heard of. Max Boot has written a fascinating account of how this California college humorist, frat boy and advertising executive evolved into a […]

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Empress of the East’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Empress of the East’ book review

EMPRESS OF THE EAST: HOW A EUROPEAN SLAVE GIRL BECAME QUEEN OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE By Leslie Peirce Basic Books, $32, 359 pages In the early 16th century, long before the advent of newspapers, one of the few sources for breaking news was the confidential correspondence carried on by sophisticated Italian diplomats and financiers. Thus, […]

Fred J. Eckert: ‘A Pope and a President’ book review

Fred J. Eckert: ‘A Pope and a President’ book review

Someone picking up this book about the collapse of what Ronald Reagan so fittingly dubbed an “evil empire” might wonder about its subtitle: “The Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.” Extraordinary? Absolutely. It was indeed such an astonishing change that right up until it was happening few would have believed it possible. But untold? […]

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘A Thirst for Empire’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘A Thirst for Empire’ book review

There’s nothing new about globalism. Ocean and desert trade routes brought the silk and spices of the east to ancient Rome. Hellenistic culture – admittedly at sword point – reached as far as the Indian subcontinent thanks to Alexander the Great’s endless lust for new lands to conquer. To this day in villages in Nuristan, […]

Gary Anderson: ‘The Second World Wars’ book review

Gary Anderson: ‘The Second World Wars’ book review

THE SECOND WORLD WARS: HOW THE FIRST GLOBAL CONFLICT WAS FOUGHT AND WON By Victor Davis Hanson Basic Books, $25, 750 pages On those occasions when I watch “Jeopardy” on TV, I have always wondered why people born after 1980 seem to do so poorly when the category has something to do with World War […]

Paul Davis: ‘Robicheaux’ book review

Paul Davis: ‘Robicheaux’ book review

ROBICHEAUX By James Lee Burke Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 464 pages Dave Robicheaux, James Lee Burke’s troubled, flawed and heroic character, first appeared in the 1987 crime novel “Neon Rain.” The Cajun, semi-retired New Iberia, Louisiana, sheriff’s detective, a Vietnam veteran, former New Orleans homicide detective and struggling alcoholic, has throughout the series of novels […]

Michael Taube: ‘The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism’ book review

THE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF LIBERTARIANISM Edited by Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen and David Schmidtz Routledge, $225, 466 pages It’s become fashionable for conservatives to associate themselves with libertarianism. While these two groups share some similarities with respect to small government, low taxes and more personal liberties and freedoms, how accurate is it? Jason […]

Craig Shirley: ‘The Last Republicans’ book review

Craig Shirley: ‘The Last Republicans’ book review

THE LAST REPUBLICANS: INSIDE THE EXTRAORDINARY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GEORGE H.W. BUSH AND GEORGE W. BUSH By Mark K. Updegrove Harper, $29.99, 496 pages The title of the new book by historian Mark K. Updegrove, “The Last Republicans,” about presidents George H.W. Bush (41) and George W. Bush (43) is in and of itself intriguing. Possibly […]

Joseph Goulden: ‘The Woman Who Smashed Codes’ book review

Joseph Goulden: ‘The Woman Who Smashed Codes’ book review

THE WOMAN WHO SMASHED CODES: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, SPIES, AND THE UNLIKELY HEROINE WHO OUTWITTED AMERICA’S ENEMIES By Jason Fagone Dey St. Books, $27.99, 464 pages Of all the nonbattle technical accomplishments of World War II, perhaps the most important was the ability of the Allies to break coded messages of enemies and […]

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Artemis’ book review

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Artemis’ book review

ARTEMIS By Andy Weir Crown, $27, 320 pages You can count on an Andy Weir novel to be out of this world. He took us to the Red Planet in his phenomenally successful, mind-blowing debut novel, “The Martian.” Now, in his second one, “Artemis,” he sends us to the moon. What makes “Artemis” interesting is […]

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