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Michael Taube

Michael Taube is a contributor for The Washington Times.

Articles by Michael Taube

Tracing the rich history of the Olympics

David Goldblatt examines the stories, surprises, struggles and successes in "The Games: A Global History of the Olympics." With dashes of history, politics, ethnicity and popular culture, the well-respected sportswriter-author shows us how far the Olympics have come, and what the games' future might hold. Published August 16, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'Disraeli: The Novel Politician'

When Benjamin Disraeli was 12 years old, his family converted from Judaism to Christianity. Yet the Christian convert who became the United Kingdom's first (and, to date, only) prime minister with a Jewish lineage never truly abandoned his roots. Published April 26, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'Dinomania: The Lost Art of Winsor McCay'

There's an age-old thought experiment which goes like this: "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Some people have created their own variations of this philosophical question, and here's mine: "If a cartoonist draws a comic strip that was never published, did it ever exist in print?" Published April 13, 2016

JFK's relations with Canada explored in 'Cold Fire'

Canada and the United States have historically been great friends, allies and trading partners. John Boyko, an author, historian and administrator at Canada's Lakefield College School, examines this unique relationship in "Cold Fire: Kennedy's Northern Front." Published April 5, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'Canoe Country: The Making of Canada'

Every country has its own set of unique features and distinguishing characteristics. With respect to my country, Canada, the list often includes hockey, back bacon, certain brands of beer, Canadian geese, maple syrup, the CN Tower, the Badlands, Quebec City, prairie skies, Niagara Falls and igloos, among other things. Published February 16, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'Lincoln's Political Thought'

Lev Grossman, in his Jan. 31, 2008 Time magazine essay, "The Lincoln Compulsion," made this intriguing observation: "There have been more books about Abraham Lincoln than any other American." Published February 2, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Charlie Chaplin Archives'

Many of Charlie Chaplin's films, including "The Kid" (1921), "The Gold Rush" (1925), "Modern Times" (1936), "The Great Dictator" (1940) and "Limelight" (1952), are regarded as masterpieces. He co-founded the distribution company United Artists with D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Published November 4, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: 'Stephen Harper'

Stephen Harper became the 22nd prime minister of Canada on Feb. 6, 2006. The Conservative Party leader has focused his time and energies on important issues such as lower taxes, smaller government, fiscal responsibility and strong foreign policy measures. Published September 30, 2015

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. Published August 13, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: 'Hokusai'

Between the 17th and 19th centuries, ukiyo-e was one of the most influential artistic styles in Japan. Composed of woodblock prints and traditional painting, typical scenes included historical events, folk stories, beautiful women and the rigors of daily life. Published July 29, 2015

How to unite conservatives and libertarians

In the 1960s, National Review senior editor Frank S. Meyer took on the Herculean task of finding common ground between conservatism and libertarianism. His political vision, fusionism, built right-leaning bridges that played significant roles in two Republican presidential campaigns: Barry Goldwater (1964) and Ronald Reagan (1980). Published June 9, 2015

Turning a negative into a positive

There's a popular narrative in U.S. politics these days. The Democrats dislike the Republicans. The Republicans dislike the Democrats. The American voter dislikes the Democrats and Republicans for what they've done, and still do, to politics and elections. Published April 15, 2015

Will black Republicans ever be less lonely?

Frederick Douglass, the great writer, orator and abolitionist leader, was a trusted adviser to President Abraham Lincoln — and a black Republican. In an Aug. 15, 1888 letter, he famously wrote, "I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety." Published April 1, 2015

** FILE ** An undated photo of Adolf Hitler. (Image: United States Holocaust Museum)

To know offensive ideology is to read it

Anyone who believes in the right to freedom of speech and expression knows it's a two-way street. You have to consistently defend speech that you fundamentally agree with, as well as speech that you completely oppose. Published March 3, 2015