Philip Kopper: ‘Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates’ book review

Philip Kopper: ‘Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates’ book review

THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE TRIPOLI PIRATES; THE FORGOTTEN WAR THAT CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY By Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger Sentinel, $27.95, 238 pages As a scholarly truism holds, “every generation rewrites history to suit itself,” the same might be said for every historian, and every news anchor who wants to be one. Brian Kilmeade of […]

Anthony J. Sadar: ‘The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious than Ever’ book review

Anthony J. Sadar: ‘The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious than Ever’ book review

THE TRIUMPH OF FAITH: WHY THE WORLD IS MORE RELIGIOUS THAN EVER By Rodney Stark Intercollegiate Studies Institute, $24.95, 272 pages Faith is strong, especially faith in secularization. In “The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious than Ever,” Rodney Stark challenges the popular notion that the world is becoming increasingly secular. Marshalling […]

Emil Franzi: ‘The Opera Goers Complete Guide’ book review

Emil Franzi: ‘The Opera Goers Complete Guide’ book review

By Emil Franzi REVIEW OF THE OPERA GOERS COMPLETE GUIDE by Leo Melitz (1859-1927) Dodd, Mead and Company, Garden City NY. 1921w later addendum The title page states “Translated by Richard Salinger. Revised and brought up to date after consultation with the Librarian of the Metropolitan Opera Company by Louise Wallace Hackney”. Melitz was Director […]

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ book review

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ book review

THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE: HOW CHURCHILL’S SECRET WARRIORS SET EUROPE ABLAZE AND GAVE BIRTH TO MODERN BLACK OPS By Damien Lewis Quercus, $24.99, 402 pages The British commando operation was so audacious that it could be rightly termed harebrained. With an assault team aboard, a sailing vessel disguised as a Swedish pleasure boat, the […]

Economics for Dummies: Reader asks “where do I start?”

Economics for Dummies: Reader asks “where do I start?”

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Reader Brad writes: “Hi Mish. I am new to economics. I am not an investor. I have a high school education. I don’t understand your blog. Where should I start? Thanks, Brad” Hi Brad. Thanks for trying to understand. By trying to learn, I suspect you already know way more than […]

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Truman, Congress and Korea: The Politics of America’s First Undeclared War’ book review

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Truman, Congress and Korea: The Politics of America’s First Undeclared War’ book review

TRUMAN, CONGRESS AND KOREA: THE POLITICS OF AMERICA’S FIRST UNDECLARED WAR By Larry Blomstedt University Press of Kentucky, $50, 305 pages Abruptly thrust into a role as wartime commander in June 1950 upon the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, President Harry S. Truman quickly realized he faced a crippling adversary in Washington in addition to […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Dictator: A Novel (Ancient Rome Trilogy) book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Dictator: A Novel (Ancient Rome Trilogy) book review

DICTATOR: A NOVEL (ANCIENT ROME TRILOGY) By Robert Harris Knopf, $26.95, 416 pages “Dictator” is the final volume in Robert Harris’ trilogy about the life of Cicero, the Roman statesman and philosopher, whose political theories and prose style remained influential until at least the 19th century. “Imperium” (2006), the first volume, focused on Cicero’s rise […]

Jack Caravelli: ‘The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin’ book review

Jack Caravelli: ‘The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin’ book review

By Jack Caravelli The meteoric rise of Vladimir Putin from mid-level intelligence apparatchik to president of Russia has been chronicled by numerous biographers. Few have captured the complexities and influencing forces in Putin’s life as well as Steve Lee Myers’s meticulously researched and vividly written portrait of “the new tsar.” Some political leaders seem destined […]