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The Unexpected President

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The Unexpected President is an aptly named biography of Chester A. Arthur. The oft-used subtitle, The Life and Times of …, is also very fitting. Greenberger gives the reader a clear picture of what life was like in New York in the mid 19th century and highlights several of his subject’s contemporaries in telling Arthur’s story. In fact, the book is as much about Arthur's times and contemporaries as it is about Arthur.Read the review »

November 4, 2017   No Comments

An Incautious Man

An Incautious Man
The Founders, however admirable, were people with faults and foibles. This might seem obvious, but for many biographers who devote years studying their subjects, it's easy to engage in hero worship without realizing it. Though she is not guilty of this, as a reader it's particularly easy to do when one reads Melanie Randolph Miller's biography of Gouverneur Morris.Read the review »

October 29, 2017   3 Comments

Rise and Fight Again by Spencer C. Tucker

Rise and Fight Again
This short biography of Nathaniel Green is packed with insight and erudition. Harry "Light Horse" sums up the impression with which Tucker leaves his reader:.. pure and tranquil from the consciousness of just intentions, the undisturbed energy of his mind was wholly devoted to the effectual accomplishment of the high trust reposed in him. Read the review »

January 2, 2017   No Comments

The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan

The Great Good Thing
Sardonic and hilarious conservative novelist, screenwriter, columnist, and commentator Andrew Klavan has written an autobiographical account of his intellectual life. The Great Good Thing covers only those aspects of Klavan's life that relate to his metamorphosis from an anti-intellectual, secular Jew, to an intellectual Christian obsessed with knowing the "why" of things. His was an intellectual conversion as much as a spiritual one. Read the review »

December 31, 2016   1 Comment

The Swamp Fox by John Oller

The Swamp Fox
John Oller, author of, American Queen The Rise and fall of Kate Chase Sprague (reviewed here), has written a new biography of The Swamp Fox. Some of the most interesting parts of the book are the exchanges Oller references between Nathaniel Greene and the Swamp Fox, Francis Marion. In fact, in places the book felt like it was as much about Nathaniel Greene as about Marion.Read the review »

December 16, 2016   1 Comment

First Entrepreneur by Edward G. Lengel

The First Entrepreneur
Edward Lengel portrays a side of Washington that is frequently referenced in other books, but not explored to degree of the First Entrepreneur. Read the review »

October 30, 2016   No Comments

Good Profit How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies By Charles G. Koch

Good Profit
Entrepreneurs, present and future, will certainly benefit by reading this book. But as this reader attempted to communicate, Good Profits merits a wider audience. It is an erudite, persuasive and at times humorous rebuttal of the left’s fallacious claims to moral superiority.Read the review »

April 27, 2016   No Comments

Making Gay Okay by Robert Reilly

Making Gay Oka by Robert Reilly
Making Gay Okay is a sobering philosophical analysis of the movement to destroy the concept of rational morality. It is a highly thoughtful examination of the conflicting views on what it is to be a human being and the consequences of abandoning the concept of morality as a derivative of reason.Read the review »

February 22, 2016   2 Comments

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos

Devotion by Adam Makos
Devotion should be read because of what it reveals about the Korean War and the men who fought it. The “police action” claimed five million lives, nearly 37,000 of them American, plus 92,134 American wounded. Indeed, in the author's words: "One could argue that the Korean War was really a World War –– World War III –– in which the nations of the world converged to fight on one peninsula, instead of around the globe."Read the review »

February 8, 2016   No Comments

Ally My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide By Michael B. Oren

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Ally provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of diplomacy, Obama style. Something like watching a train wreck in progress. That the alliance survived, however bruised, is a credit to the tireless efforts of Israel’s American-born ambassador.Read the review »

January 11, 2016   No Comments