Andrew J. Bacevich: ‘The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace’ book review

Andrew J. Bacevich: ‘The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace’ book review

  By Andrew J. Bacevich The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace, Susan L. Carruthers, Harvard University Press, 384 pages. At what point do egregious factual errors undermine the credibility of an otherwise carefully researched and thoughtful book? I can’t say with precision, but The Good Occupation by Susan Carruthers, a professor of […]

Martin Rubin: ‘Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire’ book review

ROBERT LOWELL: SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE By Kay Redfield Jamison Knopf, $29.95, 530 page, illustrated Seldom if ever has there been such a neat match between author and subject as in this penetrating study of the American poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977). If other poets have struggled with mental illness, there can be few who […]

Emil Franzi: A look at Manchester, Hanson & Hewitt book reviews

Emil Franzi: A look at Manchester, Hanson & Hewitt book reviews

By Emil Franzi A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE – The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance – Portrait of an Age, by William Manchester – Back Bay Books, Little Brown and Co, 322p, 1992 The Middle Ages in Europe WERE Dark. All authority about everything rested with a ruling elite composed of the Church hierarchy […]

Martin Rubin: ‘May We Borrow Your Language’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘May We Borrow Your Language’ book review

MAY WE BORROW YOUR LANGUAGE: HOW ENGLISH HAS STOLEN, PURLOINED, SNAFFLED, PILFERED, APPROPRIATED AND LOOTED WORDS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD By Philip Gooden Head of Zeus/IPG, $24.95, 359 pages For many people across the world, the dominant role of English has been a problem. Back in the 1960s, President Charles de Gaulle was […]

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘Shall We Wake the President?’ book review

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘Shall We Wake the President?’ book review

SHALL WE WAKE THE PRESIDENT?: TWO CENTURIES OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT FROM THE OVAL OFFICE By Tevi Troy Lyons Press, $26.95, 238 pages Tevi Troy, CEO of the American Health Policy Institute and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and White House aide, tells us he “spent most of the […]

Kevin P. McVicker: ‘They’re Playing Our Song: A Memoir’ book review

Kevin P. McVicker: ‘They’re Playing Our Song: A Memoir’ book review

THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG: A MEMOIR By Carole Bayer Sager Simon & Schuster, $28, 352 pages Pop music fans may not recognize the name Carole Bayer Sager, but they have heard many of the 400 songs for which she wrote the lyrics. Songs such as “Nobody Does it Better,” “Groovy Kind of Love,” “That’s What […]

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