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 […]

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 […]