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 […]

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty’ book review

JEFFERSON: ARCHITECT OF AMERICAN LIBERTY By John B. Boles Basic Books, $35, 626 pages If words were all that mattered, Thomas Jefferson would, indeed, have been the “Architect of American Liberty” that John Boles proclaims in the subtitle of his impressive new biography. Had Thomas Jefferson never written another word after the Declaration of Independence, […]

Martin Rubin: ‘The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire’ book review

THE ENGLISH CONQUEST OF JAMAICA: OLIVER CROMWELL’S BID FOR EMPIRE By Carla Gardina Pestana Belknap/Harvard University Press, $35, 362 pages, iIllustrated An unfortunate side-effect of the otherwise admirable success of Hilary Mantel’s novel “Wolf Hall” and its subsequent blockbuster television and stage adaptations has been a tendency to make its protagonist, the relatively minor figure […]

Michael Taube: ’42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story’ book review

Michael Taube: ’42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story’ book review

42 FAITH: THE REST OF THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY By Ed Henry W Publishing Group (imprint of Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins), $24.99, 333 pages Jackie Robinson’s inspirational story has long been immortalized in books and movie adaptations. He broke major league baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. He played for the Brooklyn (now Los Angeles) Dodgers […]

Jane Candia Coleman: “Chief Joseph – Trail of Glory and Sorrow” book review

Jane Candia Coleman: “Chief Joseph – Trail of Glory and Sorrow” book review

By Jane Candia Coleman CHIEF JOSEPH; TRAIL OF GLORY AND SORROW By Ted Meyers   Hancock Publishers Ltd. Surrey, British Columbia – Blaine Washington ISBN  978-0-88839-743-7    EAN   0-88839-743-7 As a boy, Canadian writer and historian Ted Meyers became fascinated with the history and legends of the Northwest Native American tribes.  He discovered Chief Joseph of the […]

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