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, […]

Claire Hopley: ‘The Widow’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘The Widow’ book review

THE WIDOW By Fiona Barton New American Library, $26, 336 pages “The Widow” arrives from England recommended as “twisty psychological suspense” and “an electrifying debut thriller.” It’s not either of these. It’s more like a jigsaw puzzle. From the get-go you know how the final picture looks: in this case, you soon realize that Glen […]

Michael Taube: ‘Lincoln’s Political Thought’ book review

Michael Taube: ‘Lincoln’s Political Thought’ book review

LINCOLN’S POLITICAL THOUGHT By George Kateb Harvard University Press $24.95, 256 pages Lev Grossman, in his Jan. 31, 2008 Time magazine essay, “The Lincoln Compulsion,” made this intriguing observation: “There have been more books about Abraham Lincoln than any other American.” It’s true. A staggering 16,000 books have been written about the 16th U.S. president. […]

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 […]