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The rule of law, the presumption of innocence and the Kavanaugh confirmation

“Justice on Trial” is a strongly written, impeccably researched account of the appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, solid in its reporting and profound in its conclusions. The authors, Mollie Hemingway, a widely published author and senior editor at The Federalist and one of the star panelists on Brett Baier’s “Fox News Special Report,” and Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, are highly regarded political analysts.

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Setting an example of strength, integrity and fidelity

Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, heard his country's call to service in a law school classroom on the morning of 9/11. In that moment, "I knew the life I had anticipated in the law was over. I wanted to serve our country in uniform on the front lines."

Telling the story of an outsider and a trailblazer

Having interviewed a good number of police officers over the years and having accompanied patrol officers and detectives out on the streets, I've heard a good number of absorbing, amusing and atrocious cop stories.

The soldier-statesman who restored peace in Europe

In 1938, during one of his first meetings with President Franklin Roosevelt, Gen. George Marshall listened to plans to counter Hitler's military build-up by amassing an air force of 10,000 planes immediately, followed by 20,000 annually.

Nascent romance and coming of age in Ireland

One of the hardest things for a novelist to do is to make small things seem big, big in the sense of portentous. In this, her second highly-praised novel, Ms. Rooney does that with deceptive ease; although the author has given but a hint, the reader knows something of great importance will happen down the road -- and the reader is right.

Shadowing Frederick Law Olmsted through antebellum Dixie

Tony Horwitz could switch times slicker than a country singer handing off the melody to the girl on the dulcimer. Whether channeling Capt. Cook in the South Seas or bedding down on frozen ground with a company of Confederate re-enactors, his sublime narratives about old times illuminated our own. Part of his genius and appeal -- a binocular focus revealing the present through the lens of the past and vice versa.

A victory lap from a journalist who earned his bragging rights

Over the years, I've known a lot of combat correspondents. Their nationalities differed widely, but they shared certain things in common, tending to be skeptical, adventurous, wryly humorous and gutsy. They'd seen a lot and suffered a lot. But, for the most part, they still loved life and lived it to the hilt; they could recount their adventures with zest, but were never braggarts.

Recalling the compelling life of a true champion

Thousands of tourists flock to Philadelphia for the historic sites and other attractions, and many of them venture to the Philadelphia Art Museum's steps, where actor Sylvester Stone ran up them famously as the fictional boxer in the 1976 film "Rocky."

Brad Thor keeps getting better and better

Long past the point by which most authors have produced all the best works they're capable of and are coasting or waning, Brad Thor keeps on getting better and better.