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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Midnight’s Furies’

Sixty-eight years ago this August, India finally realized what its founding father Jawaharlal Nehru elegantly phrased its “tryst with destiny” and finally cast off British rule.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Rock with Wings'

Location (location, location) isn't important only in real estate. Try thinking about John D. MacDonald without the Florida Keys, Jim Harrison without the UP (Upper Peninsula) or George Pelecanos without Washington, D.C.

Remembering the last American to die in World War II

Given that Japan started the Pacific War with a cowardly sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, it comes as small surprise that the last American to die in the war was killed by military extremists after both sides had agreed to end hostilities.

Juli Slemmons holds a "Calvin and Hobbes" comic by cartoonist Bill Watterson at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo)

BOOK REVIEW: Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue

Bill Watterson's modern masterpiece about a wildly imaginative six-year boy, Calvin, and his faithful companion Hobbes, an anthropomorphic stuffed tiger, ran from 1985-1995. The strip was intelligent, thought-provoking and (unsurprisingly) rather philosophical. Academics, scientists and people from all walks of life were among its faithful followers.


We tend to assume that the great technological inventions of the 20th century were born in the USA. It was, after all, dubbed the American century. But, in fact, three of the most significant of these marvels were British: television, antibiotics and the jet aircraft engine. This lavishly illustrated book -- it is also packed with information about everything from engineering to decor -- celebrates Comet, the first passenger jet that took to the air. And guess what? It was British, too.

BOOK REVIEW: George Washington: Written Upon the Land

There was never any evidence that Weems' cherry tree ever existed at young George's boyhood home at the Ferry Farm that his father, Augustine Washington, had across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. But Philip Levy, a University of South Florida historian knows the place full well.

BOOK REVIEW: Iran's deadly ambition: The Islamic Republic's quest for global power

As the United States-led European coalition has reached a diplomatic deal with Iran, with a reduction in economic and military sanctions in return for a supposedly verifiable cap on Iran's nuclear program, opponents of such a deal are concerned that the Obama administration and its allies just don't "get" Iran's real agenda for reaching such a settlement. Ilan Berman's "Iran's Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic's Quest for Global Power" is an attempt to show what Iran is really up to and provide a "corrective." Mr. Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., has written extensively on Iran, and is the author of the 2007 book "Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States."

BOOK REVIEW: 'Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa'

As so often happens with the victims of political assassination, Bobby Kennedy's image was transformed overnight from that of a complex, driven and highly partisan politician into an idealized martyr figure. The former bore very little resemblance to the latter.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Green Road'

Sitting in the family home, writing Christmas cards to her four children, Rosaleen Madigan "caught the sound of mischief upstairs and looked to the ceiling. But there were no more children up there any more, she had chased them all away."

BOOK REVIEW: 'Plunder and Deceit'

One would think that to succeed in today's political world one must be intimately familiar with what we know as social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or the newest Internet gadget along with the latest app du jour.