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BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Complete Little Nemo’

Winsor McCay is widely regarded as one of America’s greatest cartoonists. His early 20th century comic strips (“Little Sammy Sneeze,” “Dream of the Rarebit Fiend”) and animated shorts (“Gertie the Dinosaur,” “The Sinking of the Lusitania”) are still among the most groundbreaking examples of both genres.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘National Intelligence and Science’

In our increasingly turbulent and dangerous world where threats are not only physical in the form of terrorist attacks but cyber (as in the massive hacking of Sony Pictures), can intelligence agencies employ the massive amounts of automated data at their disposal to produce accurate and timely forecasts about attacks, thereby decreasing risk? Can intelligence analysis approximate scientific and medical research in producing solutions to complex threats, or should intelligence forecasts about likely threats be perceived as comparable to weather forecasts, in which errors in predicting heavy rain or snow are taken for granted? As the authors of this important book write, “[W]e are better off with sometimes inaccurate forecasts than with no forecasts at all.”

Essays that champion educational freedom

Over the last several years, Common Core education standards have become an increasingly important issue for parents and teachers, as they see how children are affected by the policy. Yet, the details of what exactly Common Core is, how it works and how it came to be remain hopelessly complex and difficult for the novice to understand.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Hounded’

It gets off to a rousing Rosenfelt start with a murder in a house otherwise occupied by an 8-year-old boy called Ricky and a basset hound called Sebastian.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Selected Letters of Norman Mailer’

Last year, J. Michael Lennon, Norman Mailer’s authorized biographer, brought out nearly 1,000 pages packed with everything thought or said by or about Mailer, his life, his friends and enemies, his work that seemed to obviate the need for any further biographical data. But a year has passed, and Mr. Lennon (also Mailer’s official archivist) is back with a volume, nearly as thick and heavy, of Mailer’s correspondence.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Insurrections of the mind: 100 years of politics and culture in America’

This collection, intended to be in celebration of the New Republic’s centenary, will be looked at more as a requiem. This month, the magazine’s editor, Franklin Foer, and its long-standing and widely respected literary editor, Leon Wieseltier, left the magazine after a difference in vision with the owner, 30-year-old Chris Hughes. The magazine is moving back to New York City — its home for the first decades of its existence — and will be transformed, in the words of Mr. Hughes, into a “digital media company.” Mr. Hughes purchased the company only two years ago but seems to have tired of its place in American letters.

Destroying the myth of Queen Victoria

Neither the formal portrait of the aging, reflective mournful figure that takes up most of the front cover of the book nor the richly adorned matron in her prime on its back cover has much to do with the woman so vividly brought to life in these pages. In fact, they might be said to reflect the very images A.N. Wilson wants to correct.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'London: A Literary Anthology'

The ever-sagacious Samuel Johnson famously remarked that those who were tired of London were tired of life. There's an awful lot of life packed into the sampling of literary reflections of that city, which the editors of the British Library — that great depository of English manuscripts — have assembled in these pages. Whether a writer was a native of London, a visitor or one who adopted it as his hometown, it had an enormous effect. For so many writers over the centuries, London offered fodder for their work, whether as inspiration for all manner of subject matters and characters or merely as background. Love it as William Wordsworth did — "Earth has not anything to show more fair" — or loathe it as American poet Amy Lowell did — "The city is squalid and sinister an alien city" — London exerted an almost gravitational pull, a compulsion to write about it.

Brave dogs in war

War dogs are more than dogs. They are testimony to what dogs are and can be.

The ‘renaissance admiral’ takes command

A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Adm. James Stavridis served for 35 years on active duty in the Navy, commanding destroyers and a carrier strike groups in combat, and for seven years as a four-star admiral, the last four years of which (2009 to 20013) were spent as the first Naval officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Boston Raphael'

The first Renaissance men admired the classical world's gods and heroes, the former acting like teenagers in pursuit of mischief, deception and sex, the latter displaying genius, courage and caritas. It was a wonder to this reviewer — writing book reports in fifth grade — that the nominally divine personages (i.e., gods) wreaked havoc while profane people performed glorious beaux gestes.

The sacredness of family possessions

Like one of those poor relatives or downtrodden governesses of Victorian fiction, the short story often seems anemic or slightly depressed. It is shuffled off into a corner, while its wealthy cousin the novel sits in the spotlit warmth, luxuriating in the depth and breadth that is its birthright. Lacking the novel's richness, the short story offers a Jane Eyre-like intensity, which some readers may find uncongenial or bought at too great a literary price.

A hero with a few missing parts

Directly north of the White House stands Lafayette Square, named in 1824 to honor the then-elderly Marquis de Lafayette, who embarked on a triumphal return tour of the United States the same year.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy'

if you share my addiction for forbidden chocolates of the soul, get a copy of "The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy," settle in by the fire and prepare for a laugh-out-loud return to those thrilling days of yesteryear.

Life of the austere general

A biography of Gen. George Marshall is not to be undertaken lightly. The general was famously austere, a man whose icy stare alone could intimidate staff officers who feared nothing on the battlefield. He was humorless, had few friends and once observed that he had no personal feelings for anyone other than his wife. He was a professional soldier who lived only to serve his country.

The unappreciated first lady

Very little seems to have been written about Louisa Catherine Adams, wife of President John Quincy Adams and the sixth first lady of the United States. That is a pity because she seems to be as unappreciated in death as she was in her turbulent and trying life.