Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture Since 1945’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture Since 1945’ book review

RIGHT MOVES: THE CONSERVATIVE THINK TANK IN AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE SINCE 1945 By Jason Stahl The University of North Carolina Press, $34.95, 248 pages On Inauguration Day 1981, I attended a brunch gathering on Capitol Hill that University of Minnesota historian Jason Stahl would probably consider proof of the underlying thesis of his book on […]

Muriel Dobbin: ‘Outfoxed: An Andy Carpenter Mystery’ book review

Muriel Dobbin: ‘Outfoxed: An Andy Carpenter Mystery’ book review

OUTFOXED: AN ANDY CARPENTER MYSTERY By David Rosenfelt Minotaur Books, $25.99, 336 pages “Your dog helped him escape” is a tempting kickoff for a thriller, especially when a fox terrier called Boomer is then accused of involvement in seven stabbings. It is less credible when Boomer turns out to be one of the animals under […]

James Srodes: ‘Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention’ book review

James Srodes: ‘Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention’ book review

MADISON’S HAND: REVISING THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION By Mary Sarah Bilder Harvard University Press, $35, 358 pages Pious politicians who anoint themselves as “strict constructionists” of the U.S. Constitution are akin to Christian fundamentalists who assert that the King James Version of the Bible was literally dictated by the Lord Almighty to 47 Church of England […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Fall of Man in Wilmslow’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Fall of Man in Wilmslow’ book review

FALL OF MAN IN WILMSLOW By David Lagercrantz Translated by George Goulding Alfred. Knopf, $26.95, 368 pages “Fall of Man in Wilmslow” is about the English mathematician Alan Turing, whose decryption of the German Enigma code is credited with shortening World War II and helping found computing as the science we know today. Mr. Turing’s […]

Martin Rubin: ‘Spanish-Israeli Relations, 1956-1992’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘Spanish-Israeli Relations, 1956-1992’ book review

SPANISH-ISRAELI RELATIONS, 1956-1992 By Guy Setton Sussex Academic Press/RiverNorth/IPG, $74.95, 271 pages This is one of those books that not only sheds light on a too-much-ignored, perhaps even hidden, chapter in postwar international relations, but also on larger issues. The immediate question behind this intensively researched and analytical book is why it took nearly four […]

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Crisis of Character’ book review

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Crisis of Character’ book review

CRISIS OF CHARACTER: A WHITE HOUSE SECRET SERVICE OFFICER DISCLOSES HIS FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WITH HILLARY, BILL, AND HOW THEY OPERATE By Gary J. Byrne Center Street, $27, 304 pages TRUMP AND ME By Mark Singer Tim Dugan Books, $16, 112 pages Despite its being ignored by the mainstream media, “Crisis of Character” is already a […]

Michael Taube: ‘Herbert Hoover in the White House’ shows Depression president in new light

Michael Taube: ‘Herbert Hoover in the White House’ shows Depression president in new light

HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE: THE ORDEAL OF THE PRESIDENCY By Charles Rappleye Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 576 pages Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. president, confuses more historians than he inspires. He’s been called a “conservative,” “big government Republican,” “progressive conservative” and even a “liberal.” Some believe he always supported laissez-faire capitalism, whereas others […]

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