James Srodes: ‘Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father’ book review

James Srodes: ‘Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father’ book review

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN LONDON: THE BRITISH LIFE OF AMERICA’S FOUNDING FATHER By George Goodwin Yale University Press, $32.50, 352 pages Considering that the U.S. Library of Congress already houses more than 10,000 books, articles, doctoral dissertations and ephemera about Benjamin Franklin, one can wonder what new can be said about our most multilayered Founding personality. […]

Tom Rogan: ‘Gangster Warlords’ book review

Tom Rogan: ‘Gangster Warlords’ book review

By Tom Rogan “In communities scarred by violence, many don’t know what peace looks like. Teenagers in Brazilian favelas, Jamaican garrisons, and Honduran slums see these crime wars as a natural state of affairs. It’s normal to have men on the corner with Kalashnikovs, shots ringing out at night, corpses hanging from bridges.’’ Ioan Grillo’s […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Green Island’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Green Island’ book review

GREEN ISLAND By Shawna Yang Ryan Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, $26.95, 400 pages From 1895 to 1945 the Japanese ruled Taiwan. They required the Taiwanese to speak Japanese, to wear kimonos and other Japanese garments, and even to adopt Japanese names. They built factories and their navy used Taiwan’s ports, so in World War II […]

Juliana Geran Pilon: ‘Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators’ book review

Juliana Geran Pilon: ‘Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators’ book review

By Juliana Geran Pilon Do psychopathic dictators spawn monsters? Jay Nordlinger’s answer is a qualified yes. And it’s the qualifiers that make Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators such a riveting and informative read. In the easy, elegant style that is to be expected from a senior editor ofNational Review, Nordlinger […]

Daniel Wiser: ‘Dictator’ book review

Daniel Wiser:  ‘Dictator’ book review

By Daniel Wiser In his Republic, Cicero produced one of history’s staunchest defenses for a career in politics. Composed in the late 50s B.C. while the Roman republic enjoyed a period of precarious stability under the triumvirate of Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus, and styled after the famous work of Plato, the Republic first addressed the claims […]

Joseph Bottum: Bernard Cornwell, ‘Warriors of the Storm’ book review

Joseph Bottum: Bernard Cornwell, ‘Warriors of the Storm’ book review

By Joseph Bottum We’re over twenty books into the series about Richard Sharpe, a British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. Four books into the adventures of Nathaniel Starbuck, fighting for the South in the American Civil War—along with three books of Warlord Chronicles, set in the years after Rome’s retreat from the British Isles, and […]

Matthew Walther: “John Le Carré, the biography” book review

Matthew Walther: “John Le Carré, the biography” book review

By Matthew Walther For sheer entertainment, there is no better postwar English novelist than John le Carré. When Adam Sisman tells us in his intriguing biography that the brilliant Karla trilogy of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honorable Schoolboy, and Smiley’s People was planned as a loose, extended novel cycle after the manner of Balzac’s Comédie humaine, the […]

John Greenya: ‘Frost: That was the Life That Was’ book review

John Greenya: ‘Frost: That was the Life That Was’ book review

FROST: THAT WAS THE LIFE THAT WAS By Neil Hegarty Ebury Press, $49.95, 352 pages This is an informative and entertaining book about a talented and complicated man, and if it is not quite a model biography, it is certainly a model authorized biography. Born in Tenterden, England in 1940, David Frost was a PK, […]

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