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Summer by Ali Smith (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Summer’

Ali Smith’s “Summer,” the final novel of her seasonal quartet, is a remarkable book, rich in word-play and language, witty puns and deep concern for the catastrophes facing humanity today.

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Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Reaganland'

As it so happens, you can judge a book by its cover, at least "Reaganland" by liberal activist and Ronald Reagan hater Rick Perlstein.

Brothers: From Time to Time by David Landau (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Brothers: From Time to Time'

A few pages into David Landau's stirring account of how the Cuban Revolution impacted the lives of one family, I found myself remembering a long-ago New Year's Eve 1958.

Under Beijing's Shadow by Murray Hiebert (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Under Beijing's Shadow'

Mr. Hiebert's book offers more than a snapshot of how Southeast Asian nations, among them Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand, are responding to China's overreach.

Defender In Chief  by John Yoo (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Defender in Chief'

One of the key aspects of the Trump presidency has been his success at maintaining the vibrant and dynamic role of the office of the president. In "Defender in Chief," John Yoo counters the narrative that President Trump challenges our constitutional order.

The Answer is by Alex Trebek (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Answer Is ...'

To millions of television viewers, Alex Trebek is the genial host of the long-running quiz show "Jeopardy!" Night after night he reads answers to which eager and knowledgeable contestants provide the questions in hopes of winning large sums of cash. Mr. Trebek does all he can to shine the spotlight on the contestants.

From Peoples Into Nations  by John Connelly (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'From Peoples Into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe'

Many years ago, an old Hungarian acquaintance -- an ethnic German native of the Hungarian half of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who had served as a cavalry sergeant in World War I -- told me the tragi-comic tale of Trooper Popovich, a Hungarian-born ethnic Serb in his squadron of hussars.

Was Jesus A Socialist?  by Lawrence W. Reed (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Was Jesus a Socialist?'

Only several years ago, invoking socialism as a serious alternative to freedom was not entertained in polite society. With self-described "democratic" socialists now in Congress, and more socialists winning Democratic primaries in New York, we can expect new entreaties of religion to justify their philosophy

Near Dark: A Thriller by Brad Thor (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Near Dark'

This marks the fourth time in a row that I am touting Brad Thor's latest thriller as his best ever. I would worry that this could strain my credibility -- but the simple truth is that it's astonishing how the undisputed king of the thriller just keeps getting better and better.

Why do we still have the electoral college? by Alexander Keyssar  (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?'

Convoluted, cumbersome, just plain crazy -- the way the United States elects a president is, understandably, widely disparaged. In fact, 1792 is the last time the process worked the way the framers of the U.S. Constitution intended. But, less understandably, we still use that complicated problem-fraught method.