Six years after the global financial crisis, it still remains unclear whether we have the right economic policies to avert the next crisis, let alone the right policies to help an economy currently in “secular stagnation.”
In the 1949 book “The God That Failed: A Confession,” prominent ex-communist intellectuals recounted their disillusionment with and abandonment of communism. What also made that book noteworthy was its running concept of “Kronstadt” as the defining moment in which these ex-communists decided not merely to leave the Communist Party, but to actively oppose it as anti-communists.
The title tells all, almost. In “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy,” Karen Abbott stitches together a patchwork narrative as complex as a pieced quilt, combining the colorful, unrelated tales of four women who fought in the Civil War as surely as Lee and Grant, albeit in sub rosa roles.
Counterterrorism is the espionage theme of the day, and Stella Rimington draws on years of experience as chief of Britain’s MI5 in this tightly drawn thriller.
Perhaps the definitive account of Marine Corps infantry in combat is Eugene Sledge’s “With the Old Breed,” a report of his experiences in the final brutal island battles of World War II in the Pacific as a member of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment (3/5).
When President Obama decided for purely political reasons to put off all action on immigration reform until after the November elections, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, an activist on immigration policy and no friend of conservatives, pointed out that the president was “playing it safe,” fearful of losing the Senate.
We owe this delightful political potpourri to the famous — or infamous, depending on your perspective — “30-year-old” British rule, which for much of the past century kept locked up even the most innocuous government documents for three full decades.