Daniel B. Moskowitz: ‘Just a Journalist’ book review

Daniel B. Moskowitz: ‘Just a Journalist’ book review

JUST A JOURNALIST: ON THE PRESS, LIFE, AND THE SPACES BETWEEN By Linda Greenhouse Harvard University Press, $22.95, 183 pages Linda Greenhouse has some important things to say about how well journalism is fulfilling its duty in a democracy. And she has three impressive soap boxes from which to say it: her position, after 40 […]

Michael Taube: ‘Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills’ book review

Michael Taube: ‘Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills’ book review

CALVIN COOLIDGE IN THE BLACK HILLS By Seth Tupper The History Press, $21.99, 156 pages On Aug. 2, 1927, a small group of reporters were invited to President Calvin Coolidge’s “Summer White House” in Black Hills, South Dakota. Each reporter was handed a strip of paper containing the same line, “I do not choose to […]

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘Conscience of a Conservative’ book review

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘Conscience of a Conservative’ book review

”Nobody knows who the hell he is,” was the way Donald Trump described Jeff Flake, junior senator from Arizona, during a recent rally in Phoenix. But with this book, which is being touted by the national media as an attack on President Trump from within, that’s no longer the case. In fact, given the frequency […]

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Autumn of the Black Snake’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Autumn of the Black Snake’ book review

AUTUMN OF THE BLACK SNAKE: THE CREATION OF THE U.S. ARMY AND THE INVASION THAT OPENED THE WEST By William Hogeland Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28 447 pages Not many people can claim a 234-year losing streak. One of the few who can is Col. William Crawford, an 18th-century American surveyor and citizen soldier who […]

Ken Allard: “Judgment at Appomattox” book review

Ken Allard: “Judgment at Appomattox” book review

A stunning irony accompanies the concluding novel in Ralph Peters’ epic Civil War series: His just-released “Judgment at Appomattox” appears just as a second American civil war suddenly looms out of the mists. The confederacy of dunces recently descending on Charlottesville is matched by a gutless sheriff in Durham and a witless mayor in Baltimore, […]

John R. Coyne, Jr: ‘The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See’ book review

John R. Coyne, Jr: ‘The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See’ book review

Sharyl Attkisson, as The Washington Post put it, has been a “persistent voice of news-media skepticism about the government’s story,” as well, one might add, skepticism about the practices and principles of major media organs like The Washington Post. Her exposes of giant corporations, charities and political missteps by both parties have received prestigious journalism […]

James Srodes: ‘Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War’ book review

James Srodes: ‘Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War’ book review

LINCOLN AND THE ABOLITIONISTS: JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, SLAVERY, AND THE CIVIL WAR By Fred Kaplan Harper, $28.99, 366 pages Myths die hard. None have resisted truth more than the fables that sprang up after Abraham Lincoln’s death launched his hagiography as The Great Emancipator of the roughly four million African-Americans held as chattel slaves. History […]

Martin Rubin: ‘The Murder of the Romanovs’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘The Murder of the Romanovs’ book review

It is nearly a century since Nicholas II, Czar of All the Russias until his abdication in March 1917, was murdered along with his wife, four daughters, hemophiliac son, his doctor and assorted servants in the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg, a city east of the Ural mountains. But if ever there was a […]