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, […]

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘President McKinley’ book review

John R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘President McKinley’ book review

PRESIDENT MCKINLEY: ARCHITECT OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY By Robert W. Merry Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 624 pages Robert W. Merry, a highly respected reporter, writer, editor and publishing executive who has significantly improved each publication with which he’s been associated, is also a presidential historian of note, author among other works of the well-regarded “A […]

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Lost Kingdom’ and ‘Red Famine’ book review

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Lost Kingdom’ and ‘Red Famine’ book review

LOST KINGDOM: THE QUEST FOR EMPIRE AND THE MAKING OF THE RUSSIAN NATION By Serhii Plokhy Basic Books $32, 398 pages RED FAMINE: STALIN’S WAR ON UKRAINE By Anne Applebaum Doubleday, $35, 496 pages In a European continent torn by incessant warfare over the centuries, Ukraine deserves sympathy for its most-abused-state status. As the real […]

Muriel Dobbin: ‘Biblomyseries’ book review

Muriel Dobbin: ‘Biblomyseries’ book review

BIBLIOMYSTERIES: STORIES OF CRIME IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS AND BOOKSTORES By Otto Penzler Pegasus, $26.95, 544 pages In the wonderful world of bibliomystery you may find Adolf Hitler in Wyoming or a haunted scroll dating back to biblical times. Best of all and most enchanting is to step inside the Caxton Private Lending Library […]

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Impossible Presidency’ book review

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Impossible Presidency’ book review

THE IMPOSSIBLE PRESIDENCY: THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA’S HIGHEST OFFICE By Jeremi Suri Basic Books, $32, 344 pages Jeremi Suri, a professor of history at the University of Texas, is author/editor of eight previous books, numerous newspaper and magazine pieces, and a popular guest on television talk shows. His writing is energetic and evocative, […]

Fred J. Eckert: ‘How the Right Lost its Mind’ book review

Fred J. Eckert: ‘How the Right Lost its Mind’ book review

HOW THE RIGHT LOST ITS MIND By Charles J. Sykes St. Martin’s Press, $27.99, 228 pages “How the Right Lost Its Mind” is an important work. Any serious-minded citizen, no matter of what political persuasion, will benefit from reading it and carefully contemplating the powerful message of its thoughtful, solidly conservative author. A highly principled […]

Joseph R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan And The Return Of Blue-Collar Conservatism’ book review

Joseph R. Coyne, Jr.: ‘The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan And The Return Of Blue-Collar Conservatism’ book review

THE WORKING CLASS REPUBLICAN: RONALD REAGAN AND THE RETURN OF BLUE-COLLAR CONSERVATISM By Henry Olsen Broadside Books, $27.99, 348 pages It’s the thesis of Henry Olsen, a thoughtful, widely-published and energetic conservative political activist, now a senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center, that Ronald Reagan, whom he deeply admires, was the heir […]

Joshua Sinai: ‘Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Cyber Jihad’ book review

Joshua Sinai: ‘Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Cyber Jihad’ book review

HACKING ISIS: HOW TO DESTROY THE CYBER JIHAD By Malcolm Nance and Chris Sampson Skyhorse Publishing, $27.99, 320 pages Terrorists and their extremist adherents are adept at utilizing the internet, particularly social media platforms, which have become widely accessible globally, and in multiple languages. These cyberspace platforms are used to spread their extremist ideologies, raise […]