Claire Hopley: ‘Balancing Acts’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Balancing Acts’ book review

BALANCING ACTS: BEHIND THE SCENES OF LONDON’S NATIONAL THEATRE By Nicholas Hytner Alfred A, Knopf, $28.95, 320 pages In 2009 Britain’s National Theatre began making high-definition films of live productions for relay to cinemas. Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner was elated that audiences world-wide could watch “the same event at the same time as the audience […]

Joseph Goulden: ‘The Foundation of the CIA’ book review

Joseph Goulden: ‘The Foundation of the CIA’ book review

THE FOUNDATION OF THE CIA: HARRY TRUMAN, THE MISSOURI GANG, AND THE ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR By Richard E. Schroeder University of Missouri Press, $24.95, 175 pages Although Harry S. Truman ranks high on my list of admired presidents, one of his earliest decisions was an outright blunder – but fortunately, one that he […]

Joshua Sinai: ‘Harpoon’ book review

Joshua Sinai: ‘Harpoon’ book review

HARPOON: INSIDE THE COVERT WAR AGAINST TERRORISM’S MONEY MASTERS By Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Samuel M. Katz Hachette Books, $27, 304 pages Terrorist groups like ISIS raise hundreds of millions of dollars to finance their activities and attacks through illicit means. The Islamic Republic of Iran bankrolls its Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah proxies with large […]

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Capitalist Code’ book review

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Capitalist Code’ book review

THE CAPITALIST CODE: IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE AND MAKE YOU VERY RICH By Ben Stein Humanix Books, $19.99, 173 pages This is a book about investing, aimed primarily at potential young investors – although investors of all ages can benefit from it – written by a longtime and notably successful investor. I met Ben […]

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Arthur Vandenberg’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Arthur Vandenberg’ book review

ARTHUR VANDENBERG: THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY By Hendrik Meijer University of Chicago Press, $35, 432 pages History is unkind to compromisers. If they succeed, disaster is averted and the compromiser is soon forgotten. If they fail, they’re often scapegoated for subsequent events. Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister whose negotiations […]

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Chicago Cubs’ book review

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Chicago Cubs’ book review

THE CHICAGO CUBS: STORY OF A CURSE By Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26, 273 pages The 2017 baseball season has ended, and while there’s no joy in Chicago, neither is there resignation. The Cubs didn’t quite make it this year. But after 108 years of waiting, they won it all in 2016, and […]

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Scalia Speaks’ book review

Fred J. Eckert: ‘Scalia Speaks’ book review

SCALIA SPEAKS: REFLECTIONS ON LAW, FAITH, AND LIFE WELL LIVED By Antonin Scalia Edited by Christopher J. Scalia and Edward Whelan Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg Crown Forum, $30, 432 pages Viewed by both admirers and detractors as the most transformative jurist of our era, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a towering […]

Muriel Dobbin: ‘The House of Unexpected Sisters’ book review

Muriel Dobbin: ‘The House of Unexpected Sisters’ book review

THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS: NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY By Alexander McCall Smith Pantheon, $25.95, 240 pages She’s back! She’s back! And Botswana can relax again in the knowledge that Mma Precious Ramotswe is still hard at work solving problems with her unique No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Alexander McCall Smith is always at […]

Philip Kopper: ‘Unexpected President’ book review

Philip Kopper: ‘Unexpected President’ book review

UNEXPECTED PRESIDENT: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHESTER A. ARTHUR By Scott S. Greenberger DaCapo, $28, 304 pages Just when we thought there is something new under the sun, consider this: A New York plutocrat, who won fame for greed, wheeler-dealing and extravagance without ever holding elective office, becomes president of the United States. Now […]

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Stanton’ book review

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Stanton’ book review

STANTON: LINCOLN’S WAR SECRETARY By Walter Stahr Simon & Schuster, $35, 743 pages Although overshadowed in history by battlefield titans such as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Edwin Stanton was arguably President Abraham Lincoln’s most valuable ally during the Civil War. As secretary of war, Stanton faced the awesome first task of rapidly raising an army, […]