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HE-MAN’S LIBRARY

“Real men don’t eat tofu. They don’t use lady-scented body wash. They order whiskey for their men, beer for their horses. Real men deserve a suitably manly gift for Christmas,” insists Regnery Publishing, which has assembled a list of classic books from its backlist of titles for those who fancy, well, offering beer to their horses and flowers to their womenfolk.

Among the longtime conservative publisher’s recommendations: “The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide: Recovering the Lost Art of Manhood” by Frank Miniter, which includes 600 assorted tutorials on fighting alligators, creating a tourniquet from a T-shirt, and a review of universal traits that make an Ultimate Man — self-confidence, precision, wisdom, humility, bravery, strength and knowledge.

Also on the Regnery must-have list: “Kill It & Grill It” by Ted and Shemane Nugent, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes” by Brion McClanahan, and a Gen. George S. Patton biography, “Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer” by Michael Keane.

See the offerings at regnery.com.

ARCTIC NUKES

After 22 years of dormancy, there’s new activity at Russia’s sole remaining nuclear bomb testing site in Novaya Zemlya, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of Russia that was the site of 224 nuclear detonations from 1954 to 1990 — including the “Tsar Bomba,”the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by mankind, and one that created a 40-mile high smoke-and-dust plume and a five-mile-wide fireball.

“A mushroom cloud on the horizon for the Arctic?” asks Dmitry Litovkin, a Russia & India Report correspondent who says Russia’s military and political leaders will start adding new security at the site in about eight weeks. The effort includes the deployment of MiG-31 supersonic interceptors and combat vessels from the nation’s northern fleet.

“In Soviet times, such measures were always a sign that full-scale nuclear testing was about to be under way,” Mr. Litovkin says, which give pause to folks of a certain age who recall duck-and-cover routines from a previous era. Russia still has 2,679 warheads, according to figures from December 2010.

But this new “activity” is likely just nuke maintenance. Environmentally safe “model nuclear devices,” apparently, are still being detonated.

“Every year, the technology is tested on Novaya Zemlya with four to six controlled explosions. As a result, Russia can say that its nuclear arsenal is completely safe and combat-ready,” Mr. Litovkin says.

He consulted with a Russian rocket engineer before concluding, “The military’s task remains the same: to ensure the safe storage, transportation and operation of nuclear weapons. This includes the strict nondisclosure of information about the latest nuclear tests at Novaya Zemlya. As for the deployment of additional forces in the region, that has less to do with the restoration of the test site, and more to do with Russia’s economic claims to the Arctic shelf.”

AND IN SUMMATION

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