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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Dell Comics’

Hermes Press, an American publisher that specializes in comic book reprints, has started collecting the extensive run of “Pogo” at Dell Comics. The first two hardcover volumes have been released, and they are exceptional.

"The Skeleton Road" by Val McDermid. Book jacket courtesy Grove Atlantic.

Who’s the corpse in the Edinburgh pinnacle?

Atragedy embedded in a love story is vividly relived in the setting of the brutal Balkan wars in this gripping and expertly plotted thriller.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Napoleon: A Life’

Reviewing one of Andrew Roberts’ earlier books, an English critic wrote that “as well as being intelligent, hard-working and opinionated, he gets great fun out of his writing.

A horse-racing mystery that does the family proud

This book explodes in its opening chapter with a gruesome murder at a race track, concludes with an express train demolishing a victim at 100 miles an hour and vibrates on intervening pages with the thunder of horses’ hooves.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'The Resilience Dividend'

Resilience, as defined by Judith Rodin is the capacity of any entity, ranging from an individual, a corporation or a society, to pre-emptively prepare for sudden disruptions that were unpredicted, to recover from them and then to take advantage of new opportunities produced by the disruption for further growth and expansion.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Rebel Yell'

For two years, 1861 to 1863, Gen. Thomas Jonathan ("Stonewall") Jackson, West Point graduate, hero of the Mexican war, and in the interim a quirky eccentric former Virginia Military Institute professor plagued by a host of 19th-century afflictions, became not just a hero of the Confederacy, but a brilliant military tactician who out-thought, out-anticipated, outmaneuvered and outfought the enemy.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Penelope Fitzgerald'

The novelist Penelope Fitzgerald is not every reader's cup of tea. She firmly believed that "less is more," so her novels are brief. They are also cryptic and elliptical; packed with brilliant scenes, funny at times, but dark, too, and a little unsettling.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Augustus: First Emperor of Rome'

Caesar Augustus remains the person in the ancient world whose image is the most recognizable, surviving to the present day in statues, coins and frescoes. He was the Barack Obama of his day, except that he actually created significant and lasting accomplishments.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Midnight at the Pera Palace'

To understand Istanbul, you must first realize that it is a very ancient city living in — and often at odds with — a very young nation. Long before Caesar or Alexander, Istanbul was the ancient Greek city of Byzantium.

BOOK REVIEW: 'U.S. Marshals'

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Marshals Service celebrated its 225th anniversary, making them the country's oldest law enforcement agency — and, according to Mike Earp, being a deputy U.S. marshal is one of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Reckoning'

Perhaps the darkest memories of war are of the courts-martial that lie in its bloody shadows, especially when they are cast in the stone of injustice.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Seven Deadly Virtues'

The financial success of Bill Bennett's "The Book of Virtues" (1993) proved that longing for the good life was far from dead. I was one of 2.2 million hungry souls that opened their wallets and minds.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Stonewalled'

Full disclosure first: I was one of those military analysts regularly seen on network television until a 2008 New York Times expose accused us of succumbing to improper influences by the Rumsfeld Pentagon.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Embattled Rebel'

James McPherson of Princeton University may be America's most distinguished Civil War historian. His "Battle Cry of Freedom," published in 1988, not only won its author a Pulitzer Prize but remains the best single-volume history of the war.