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Losing Mum and Pup
Chris Buckley is a wonderful writer, and the vignettes he offers of his mother and father are as beautiful as they are revelatory. The Buckleys were n ...more
May 27, 2011
May 26, 2011
I Married a Communist
A sometimes beautiful, sometimes boring look at a giant of a man, the self-created Iron Rinn, who falls apart in the 1950s. His marriage fails, as a c ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
The Plot Against America
This is a beautiful book; here a couple of especially tender passages -

""It went without saying that Mr. Mawhinney was a Christian, a long-standing m
Oct 04, 2009
Jun 11, 2011
Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus
"Before the Storm" is a marvelous work of history that dives deep into the trenches of the 1960's Republican Party and nascent conservative movement. ...more
Jun 13, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
An American Requiem: God, My Father & the War That Came Between Us
James Carroll's memoir detailing his transformation: personal, religious, and political, and the effect it had on the relationship he had with his fat ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir
What little revelations are to be found in this book have been widely reported in the press, and have been discussed during many of the Vice President ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
The Reckoning
Wonderful history of auto industry, focusing on Ford and Nissan, at the time, the second largest auto manufacturers in Japan and the United States. Re ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State
Gottfried's thesis is that self-government is dead. Modern intellectuals (journalists and professors) give marching orders to teachers, who condition ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community: Eight Essays
Berry is a social conservative of the first order. His ideas on the inseparable link between the economy, community, and the individual, animate every ...more
May 26, 2011
May 18, 2011
Clash Of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion & Morality In Crisis
"The Clash of Orthodoxies" is a collection of essays by the legal philosopher Robert P. George. There is nothing new here for anyone who has been payi ...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Imperial Bedrooms
Weird. Ellis is at his best when describing vapid individuals who are frightened, violent, and have nothing to do. Follows the trend of Lunar Park and ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
His Excellency: George Washington
A very good, highly readable biography of the man who was "first in war, first in peace, first in American hearts." Describes Washington's attitudes, ...more
May 18, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq
A bad book by a self-confessed bad interrogator. Interesting contrast when read alongside Chris Mackey's "The Interrogators." Lagournis does make a co ...more
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 11, 2011
The Human Stain
I suppose critics enjoyed "the Human Stain" for all the right reasons: the contemporary themes, the well-defined characters, the revelation of Coleman ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
No Way to Treat a First Lady
Some choice bits:

"Another judge had been on the panel with Boyce at the Trial Lawyers Association convention years ago and had called Boyce "the worst
Dec 30, 2009
Jun 11, 2011
The Rise and Fall of Elites: An Application of Theoretical Sociology
Remarkable little book that details the rise and fall of elites. Full of wonderful turns of phrases--does one give credit to Pareto, or to his transla ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive
Illuminating for what Obey discusses, and does not discuss. A little surprising for a Congressional memoir, but Obey seems to honesty believe that pol ...more
Mar 17, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America
Fascinating discussion of the secularized confessions that politicians caught in sexual sin are now required to give (by the press, by the public, etc ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
All the Sad Young Literary Men
Beautiful opening, but otherwise half-interesting portrait of three self-absorbed young men fresh out of school, struggling to find their way in the w ...more
Aug 10, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law
Fascinating review of the relationship between national security secrets and the press. Contra current understanding, the First Amendment has never be ...more
Mar 13, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
In Defense of Hypocrisy: Picking Sides in the War on Virtue
Exploration of the idea of hypocrisy and its use as a weapon in politics. Most thought provoking argument--the charge of hypocrisy is usually banded a ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
The Partner
A lawyer escapes from his hum-drum life. If Helen of Troy had the face that launched a thousand ships, Grisham has had the commercial success to cause ...more
May 2010
Jun 11, 2011
Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All
Meh. Reading Baron is like reading a college sex columnist: where else is sex both utterly boring and cringe-worthy? Baron's book includes some intere ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era
Explanation of how "white guilt" became the dominant force of dissociational politics of the 60s and beyond, and what this has done for the civil righ ...more
Apr 13, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight Over Presidential Power
Outside account of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the two lawyers who sued the Bush administration--Neal Katyal, now SG in the Obama Administration, and Lt. C ...more
Apr 12, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA
The true-life story behind one of the CIA's greatest disasters in modern history, and of the agents that were killed in action. Far more compelling th ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election
I'm not sure the narrative Toobin suggests - the Bush team was ruthless, the Gore team was overly concerned with process and procedural fairness - was ...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power
Incredible history of US foreign policy, dating from the creation of the Pentagon and the pursuit of unconditional surrender during WWII, and finishin ...more
Aug 16, 2009
Jun 11, 2011
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Excellent review of some of the major episodes in the founding of the country. Continual focus on the inherent contradictions between the intellectual ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jun 11, 2011
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
A nearly perfect example of narrative nonfiction. Story of the handful of investors who saw that the emperor had no clothes. The picture Lewis paints ...more
May 28, 2010
Jun 11, 2011
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