Victorino Matus: ‘Drinking in America: Our Secret History’ book review

Victorino Matus: ‘Drinking in America: Our Secret History’ book review

By Victorino Matus Reading Susan Cheever’s Drinking in America: Our Secret History reminded me of an exchange between Elaine and Jerry on Seinfeld. Jerry insists that only 4 to 6 percent of the population is attractive. Elaine: So basically what you’re saying is 95 percent of the population is undateable? Jerry: Undateable! Elaine: Then how […]

Craig Shirley, Kiron Skinner, Paul Kengor and Steven Hayward: New Ronald Reagan book gets plenty wrong

Craig Shirley, Kiron Skinner, Paul Kengor and Steven Hayward: New Ronald Reagan book gets plenty wrong

By Craig Shirley, Kiron Skinner, Paul Kengor and Steven Hayward “Killing Reagan,” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, is supposed to be a book of new scholarship on the Reagan presidency. Instead, it restates old claims and rumors, virtually all of which have been discredited by the historical record. In this best-selling book, there are […]

‘Kissinger, 1923:1968: The Idealist’ book review

‘Kissinger, 1923:1968: The Idealist’ book review

By Tom Rogan  In the first part of a projected two-volume biography, Niall Ferguson challenges us to re-consider Henry Kissinger’s formative years. A Harvard professor, historian, and media personality, Ferguson is serving as Kissinger’s authorized biographer. Pushing back against the notion of Kissinger as a Machiavellian ultra-realist, Ferguson synthesizes tens of thousands of documents into […]

‘Christian Human Rights’ book review

‘Christian Human Rights’ book review

By Andrew Evans Back in 2010, a headline hit the news wires that caused something of a stir: “Brussels Declares Vacation Time a Human Right,” blared one item. Some ambitious European technocrat had decided that everybody, simply by being human, has an inalienable right to jet off to Mallorca and sit on the beach for […]

Ian Lindquist: ‘Teaching Particulars’ book review

Ian Lindquist: ‘Teaching Particulars’ book review

By Ian Lindquist Teaching is the most misunderstood profession in America today. Too many people—politicians, parents, school administrators, even teachers themselves—seem to be under the impression that education means meeting or exceeding “standards” set by state authorities and “testing”: if students can prove without the help of others, while isolated in silent focus at their […]

Rebecca Guthrie: ’44th: A Presidential Conspiracy’ book review

Rebecca Guthrie: ’44th: A Presidential Conspiracy’ book review

By Rebecca Guthrie Occasionally in my book reviewing, I am given a book and asked to review it. That is what happened with 44th: A Presidential Conspiracy by William L. Tatro IV. The book is a debut novel for Tatro. According to his author blurb on the back, Tatro is an “economist, historian, and weekly […]

‘Seeing Things Politically: Interviews with Benedicte Delorme-Montini’ book review

‘Seeing Things Politically: Interviews with Benedicte Delorme-Montini’ book review

By Ian Lindquist In March 2014, the Pew Research Center released a study entitled, “Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends.” The study found that millennials “are at or near the highest levels of political and religious disaffiliation recorded for any generation” in the last quarter century. In a different study, published by […]

Finding the ‘conservative’ author unlocked

Finding the ‘conservative’ author unlocked

By Jonathan Hoffman There is a way to tell if a book is a well written polemic by a conservative author. I call it “The C Clue.” If you look up a book on Amazon, you will see a horizontal bar graph. This graph depicts the relative numbers of the different star ratings. A conservative […]

Rebecca Guthrie: “The Fiddler in the Subway” book review

Rebecca Guthrie: “The Fiddler in the Subway” book review

By Rebecca Guthrie Perhaps you may recall several years back hearing about the world class violinist who played in the subway in Washington D.C. and was practically ignored. It was a social science experiment dreamed up by essayist and featured writer Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post. The article was called “The Fiddler in the […]