Mike Tully: “Support and Empower Your Bullied Child” book review

Mike Tully: “Support and Empower Your Bullied Child” book review

By Mike Tully One of the most painful and challenging tasks parents face is figuring out what to do when their child is bullied at school. As many learn to their dismay, school authorities too often are no help at all. They may dismiss the bullying as “kids being kids,” or suggest your child was […]

Philip Kopper: ‘American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom and National Identity in the Age of Revolution’ book review

Philip Kopper: ‘American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom and National Identity in the Age of Revolution’ book review

AMERICAN SANCTUARY: MUTINY, MARTYRDOM AND NATIONAL IDENTITY IN THE AGE OF REVOLUTION By A. Roger Ekirch Pantheon Books, $30, 293 pages A consensus holds that last year’s politics were messy; some say the messiest ever, but A. Roger Ekirch tells us otherwise. In 1800 the run-up to the nation’s “first full-blown presidential campaign” was messier, […]

John Greenya: ‘Huck Out West’ book review

John Greenya: ‘Huck Out West’ book review

HUCK OUT WEST By Robert Coover Norton, $26.95, 308 pages It’s hard to imagine a gutsier move by a novelist than to take up where Mark Twain left off. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about as seminal a work of fiction as we have in our literary history. Of it, Ernest Hemingway said, “All […]

Andrew J. Bacevich: ‘The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace’ book review

Andrew J. Bacevich: ‘The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace’ book review

  By Andrew J. Bacevich The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace, Susan L. Carruthers, Harvard University Press, 384 pages. At what point do egregious factual errors undermine the credibility of an otherwise carefully researched and thoughtful book? I can’t say with precision, but The Good Occupation by Susan Carruthers, a professor of […]

Martin Rubin: ‘Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire’ book review

ROBERT LOWELL: SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE By Kay Redfield Jamison Knopf, $29.95, 530 page, illustrated Seldom if ever has there been such a neat match between author and subject as in this penetrating study of the American poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977). If other poets have struggled with mental illness, there can be few who […]

Martin Rubin: ‘May We Borrow Your Language’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘May We Borrow Your Language’ book review

MAY WE BORROW YOUR LANGUAGE: HOW ENGLISH HAS STOLEN, PURLOINED, SNAFFLED, PILFERED, APPROPRIATED AND LOOTED WORDS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD By Philip Gooden Head of Zeus/IPG, $24.95, 359 pages For many people across the world, the dominant role of English has been a problem. Back in the 1960s, President Charles de Gaulle was […]

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