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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Before the First Shots’

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Tony Zinni is one of the most respected and experienced military officers that the United States has produced in recent memory. He offers some reflections in “Before the First Shots Are Fired,” his latest book, on the sad state of American strategy and what might be done to fix it.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Liar’s Wife’

The artful relationships among the four novellas collected in Mary Gordon’s “The Liar’s Wife” make this volume way more than the sum of its parts.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Virgin Way’

How do you institutionalize genius? Although this question is familiar to students of American government and military science, it is particularly elusive in business, where corporate leadership is often a contradiction in terms

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Shifts and the Shocks’

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.”

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Agent Storm’

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.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Liar Temptress Soldier Spy’

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.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Close Call: A Liz Carlyle Novel’

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.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets'

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.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me'

Although Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks was born long before the term "too much information" became a cliche, this autobiographical hurtle through her life and marriage shows her to be a veritable personification of the phenomenon.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Vertigo 42'

There is Aghast the goat, Aggrieved the horse and Aggro the dog, all property of Melrose Plant, the former Lord Ardry, who is a member of an exclusive London club called Borings and also a friend of Inspector Richard Jury of Scotland Yard — and, of course, there are murders.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Impossible Exile'

Is it possible to feel a deep sense of loss for something that never was? Millions of white Southerners, most of whose ancestors led hardscrabble lives as small farmers, day laborers or petty tradesmen, still wax sentimental about a glamorous, "lost" antebellum world that existed mainly within the covers of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind."

BOOK REVIEW: 'Please Stop Helping Us'

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. famously said we are a "nation of cowards" when it comes to discussing race. Jason Riley is not one of them.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Hot Dogs and Cocktails'

If it is not quite commonplace for British monarchs to visit the United States these days, it is hard for anyone who hasn't been collecting Social Security for some time to grasp just how big a deal it was when King George VI and his Queen Consort visited the United States in 1939.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Crazy Town: the Rob Ford Story'

As a Canadian contributor to The Washington Times, I've occasionally included analyses of my country's history and politics. It provides American readers with a small window into the Great White North.

BOOK REVIEW: 'America's Mistress'

If Eartha Kitt is remembered at all today, it is either because of her appearances as Catwoman on the ultra-campy 1960s "Batman" TV series, or (by political junkies) because she made Lady Bird Johnson teary after a luncheon at the White House by delivering a rambling, alcohol-fueled rant against President Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam policies.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Temporary Gentleman'

Jack McNulty, an Irishman commissioned in the British Army during World War II and thus "a temporary gentleman," was standing on the deck of the ship en route to British Africa to counter the forces of Vichy France.

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Ex-aide to John Dean trashes Watergate figure's book

According to John Dean's new book, "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It," President Nixon knew a lot more about Watergate a lot sooner than he ever admitted. However, the question one should ask before plowing through Mr. Dean's 746-page "definitive" history is, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

BOOK REVIEW: 'Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story'

When an expert such as Jack Devine, a three-decades-plus veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service, warns about myriad world troubles stretching into the foreseeable future, serious citizens should take heed — and those now running the agency, both in-house and as elected officials, should give "Good Hunting" a careful read in light of what can be done to protect the country.