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Carol Herman

Carol Herman

Carol Herman, a member of The Washington Times staff since 1999, has been Books Editor for the last seven years. An award-winning OnBooks columnist, she has been a guest on WTOP and has been a guest panelist on C-Span's BookTV. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tulane University and a master's degree in English literature from the University of Chicago.

From 1993-1997, Ms. Herman was president of the Literary Friends of the D.C. Public Library, a volunteer organization devoted to readers and writers in the Washington metropolitan area. She is married and has two children.

Articles by Carol Herman

BOOK REVIEW: 'How to Win an Election'

With the 2012 Republican National Convention having sent its candidate forward and the Democratic National Convention set to do the same, this year's presidential campaign enters its most focused and fevered phase. Candidates, voters and dedicated observers of this vaunted political ritual would do well to take a deep breath and pick up a copy of "How to Win an Election," the advice Quintus Tullius Cicero sent his brother Marcus in 64 BC when the latter ran for consul, the highest office in the Roman republic. Published September 3, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: 'How It All Began'

With December's announcement of Britain's 2012 New Year Honors List, Booker Prize-winning author Penelope Lively was made a dame. But while the vaunted honor celebrates the prolific writer's "services to literature," her just-released novel, "How it All Began," seals the deal. Published January 13, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Book of Man'

Halfway through "The Book of Man," William Bennett's delightful survey of writings on what it means to be a man, the author treats readers to a segment titled "Hunting the Grisly - Theodore Roosevelt" in which he writes the following: "By now you have noticed that Theodore Roosevelt appears frequently in this book. That is because Roosevelt's manliness is impossible to doubt." Published October 7, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: 'Frank Batten'

Be honest. At some point during or after the recent earthquake, storms and floods (depending on power availability), didn't you consult the Weather Channel for updates? Published September 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Thank You Economy'

At a time when the economic outlook is grim and we daily brace ourselves for bad news from the volatile stock market, reading Gary Vaynerchuk's "The Thank You Economy" is a welcome break. Published August 22, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: How to grow your business

What an eye-opening joy is William C. Taylor's "Practically Radical." Anchored by case studies of businesses that pushed back against the odds, the book offers a pragmatic overview of how farsighted, risk-taking original thinkers thrive even in - and maybe because of - adverse circumstances. Published February 28, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: 'To the End of the Land'

"To the End of the Land," Israeli author David Grossman's latest novel, is a story of parental love in war - and of coping with life's demands in the absence of explanations for war's persistence and cost. Published October 22, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: How apartheid came and went

In his latest book, world-renowned, best-selling author Dominique Lapierre tackles the turbulent history of today's South Africa. Part straightforward account of the epic events that led to the rise and fall of apartheid, part character study of the heroic men and women who, with untold bravery, pushed back against its singular cruelty, the book takes readers on a heart-stopping and illuminating ride through the verdant fields and blood-soaked streets that in 1994 finally brought blacks and whites, Europeans, Asians and Africans a "rainbow nation" at peace. Published November 10, 2009

At 96, Virginia woman is hit book author

Polly Curry is the first to acknowledge that she's an unlikely first-time author. For starters, she's 96 years old and it took her more than 30 years to write her book. Published October 6, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: A lifetime in pursuit of peace

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of The Washington Times, is celebrating his 90th birthday this year. The year also marks the release of his autobiography, "As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen," published by The Washington Times Foundation. A best-seller in his native Korea, the book, now translated into English, gives Western readers an opportunity to learn more about a man whose deeds and goals have been the subject of international attention for decades. Published October 1, 2009

BOOKS: The Making of Mr. Gray's Anatomy

Well over a century before neurosurgeon Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd was wrestling with life-and-death consequences at the fictive Seattle Grace, the very real British anatomist, pathologist and surgeon Henry Gray was taking advantage of a new abundance of fresh corpses and an interested publisher to complete his iconic human anatomy textbook commonly known as "Gray's Anatomy." Published February 8, 2009

BOOKS: Of seethe, snarl and glinting malice

In "Snark," David Denby takes on what he calls "a strain of nasty, knowing abuse spreading like pinkeye through the national conversation - a tone of snarking insult provoked and encouraged by the new hybrid world of print, television, radio and the Internet." Published January 18, 2009

BOOKS: What the Opium Wars wrought

In "Sea of Poppies," the aspirations of 19th-century British colonizers, native cultural imperatives and business realities compete and move the book's tumultuous tapestry of a story forward. Published November 16, 2008

ON BOOKS: After the witches lost their spouses

Now the witches have grown old. They are widowed and fussy and plagued by the same illnesses and dread that afflict mere mortals. Do we like them? Yes. Are we pleased to find them in a sequel? Absolutely. Published October 26, 2008

BOOKS: Following trail of the imperial eggs

In times when the virtue of fiscal restraint can be in no doubt, there is something curiously gratifying about contemplating the alternative — in this case, Faberge's eggs. The appearance of the first of these extravagant, bejeweled objects at the Russian royal court and others that followed are the subject of Toby Faber's riveting social history "Faberge's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire." Published October 19, 2008

Where calculating risk began

Talk of meltdowns and bailouts and bouncing stock market numbers are making mathematicians of us all. Not necessarily good mathematicians, but numbers in the news have a way of resonating with even the most word-bound. Published September 28, 2008

Happy families in their own way

One cannot see the title of Carlos Fuentes' new short story collection and not think of Leo Tolstoy. However, while "Happy Families" takes as its epigraph the immortal first line from "Anna Karenina" - "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" - it could be argued that few of the families featured in Mr. Fuentes' 16 stories are unequivocally happy and, of those, no two are really alike. Published September 21, 2008

HERMAN: Founder's wine or brazen fake?

In the opening pages of "The Billionaire's Vinegar," Benjamin Wallace writes of British auctioneer Michael Broadbent's sense of awe at the bottle of wine he was about to put on the block. "Even after all these years, he still found it bracingly creative to conjure excitement out of a heap of dirty old bottles. No matter how many of them the fifty-eight-year-old Broadbent might see, he retained his boyish sense of marvel at the longevity of wine. Inert antiques were all very well, but there was magic in old wine - and wonderful alchemy in something that could live and change for two hundred years and still be drinkable." Published July 6, 2008