BOOK REVIEW: The Triumph of William McKinley

BOOK REVIEW: The Triumph of William McKinley

THE TRIUMPH OF WILLIAM MCKINLEY: WHY THE ELECTION OF 1896 STILL MATTERS By Karl Rove Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 483 pages At hand is a three-fer of a book: an account of the silver versus gold turmoil that gripped the United States near the turn of the 20th century; an incisive look at what veteran […]

BOOK REVIEW: Houses for a New World

BOOK REVIEW: Houses for a New World

HOUSES FOR A NEW WORLD: BUILDERS AND BUYERS IN AMERICAN SUBURBS 1945-1965 By Barbara Miller Lane Princeton University Press, $49.95, 305 pages, illustrated In Britain after World War I, the slogan “A Land Fit for Heroes” became bitterly ironic, with widespread unemployment encapsulated in the image of officers with medals on their chests selling matches […]

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991’

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991’

THE END OF THE COLD WAR, 1985-1991 By Robert Service Public Affairs, $35, 843 pages As the Soviet Union teetered toward collapse in 1990, Defense Minister Sergei Akhromeev lamented, “For seventy years the Americans have attempted to destroy our Union and they’ve finally achieved their end!” But his Politburo colleague, Alexander Bessmertnykh, demurred, saying, “It’s […]

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America’

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America’

A TIME FOR TRUTH: REIGNITING THE PROMISE OF AMERICA By Ted Cruz Broadside Books, $27.99, 368 pages ”In the Senate, I’ve tried to do two things: tell the truth, and do what I said I would do. We should expect that from every single elected official.” And telling the truth as he sees it from […]

Ian Lindquist: ‘The Heroic Heart’ book review

Ian Lindquist: ‘The Heroic Heart’ book review

By Ian Lindquist Americans have always been fascinated by heroes, and skeptical of them. Using films as a guide to this fascination, we can see that in cowboy movies, it is often difficult to tell whether the cowboy is morally superior to the bad guy since the actions he commits for the sake of saving […]

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Southerner’s Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories’

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Southerner’s Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories’

THE SOUTHERNER’S COOKBOOK: RECIPES, WISDOM, AND STORIES From the Editors of Garden & Gun Harper Wave, $37.50, 307 pages Southern cooking is a little bit like Scarlett O’Hara: wickedly bewitching, multifaceted and potentially harmful to your health … but awfully hard to resist. For starters there are the ingredients; as I stated in a piece […]

M.G. Oprea: ‘Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill’ book review

M.G. Oprea: ‘Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill’ book review

By M.G. Oprea Though there have been numerous multi-volume biographies of Winston Churchill, and whole libraries written about aspects of his career, the lens has much less frequently been focused on his wife, Clementine, despite her great influence on her husband and involvement in his political career. Sonia Purnell, the author of the new biography […]

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 […]