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When a war hero loses his way

One cold October day in 1946, back-from-the-reported-dead war hero Pete Banning of Clayton, Mississippi, goes to his Methodist church and points his Army-issue Colt .45 at the young pastor.

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'The most beautiful girl in America'

Back in the day, when the day was the late 1920s and the 1930s, moviemaker Cecil B. DeMille described Sally Rand as "the most beautiful girl in America," and in their ads for her show, producers called her "the most famous woman in the world."

James Bond and his accessories

While this highly readable book will not tell you how to make exploding pens, shoes with hidden knives or shoot death rays out the back of the family Buick, it does tell you how and where Ian Fleming, the author of the 12 James Bond novels, came up with these "fiendishly clever" devices. In other words, this book resembles the old bait and switch: The title overpromises, but the subtitle is more accurate.

An explication of Trump's defining philosophy

F.H. Buckley, a foundation professor at George Mason University's Scalia School of Law, a contributor to a variety of journals and author of three previous books, came to the United States in 1989 as an immigrant from Canada, believing that "Americans are the most generous and admirable of people," with an absolute faith in the truth and efficacy of the American Dream.

The rebooting of Max Boot

Somebody really should tell Max Boot to snap out of it. An intelligent, facile writer with a wide if not particularly deep range of interests, his obsession with Donald Trump has turned him into a fussing, fuming drama queen, a manic Captain Ahab in pursuit of a not-so-ferocious Great White Whale named Trump.

'Everybody counts or nobody counts'

In Michael Connelly's crime thriller "The Late Show," he introduced us to a new character, Renee Ballard, an attractive, 30-ish dedicated and smart Los Angeles detective who was working the night shift.

When spying enemies became friends

A quiet but deadly game is constantly waged in Washington and environs between CIA and FBI officers and their Russian counterparts.

Crafting an immigration policy that serves long-term interests

Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and the son of immigrants from Bangladesh, is co-author with Ross Douthat of "Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream" (Doubleday, 2008), a well-thought-out conservative program for the political revitalization of a party badly in need of new ideas, new approaches, new constituents and new leadership in 2008.

Charting the danger of the modern left

No one understands the dysfunctions and debilitating impact of America's political system in the swamp better than Mark Melcher and Steve Soukup. For decades between them, they followed Washington for Wall Street at one of America's largest brokerage houses. For the last 16 years, the two have run their own, independent research shop, delivering political commentary and forecasting to the investment community, studying the intersection between politics and economics. This pushed them into a relentless pursuit of the new left -- measuring its deleterious impact on everything it touches -- most especially Western civilization.

Tale of a war that the Defense Department would like to forget

"Fields of Fire" is the finest piece of literature to come out of the Vietnam War, and it has been republished on the 40th anniversary of the original. This will give a whole new generation of readers a chance to understand the reality of Vietnam vice the caricatures that have been portrayed since the fall of Saigon in 1975.