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 'Provoking the Press' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Provoking the Press’

The phrase that America’s media-critic-in-chief has added to the English language — “Fake news!” — is catchy. But the sentiment is old wine in a new bottle. The press has always been under scrutiny in our democracy, its credibility experiencing far more downs than ups.

 'Olive, Again' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Olive, Again’

Olive is back, slipping through the pages of Elizabeth Strout’s new novel “Olive, Again,” sometimes the center of a story, sometimes just passing through. Olive is the tall, awkward, plain-spoken woman, a retired teacher, now a widow, Miss Strout’s readers took to heart in her earlier novel “Olive Kitteridge.”

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Someone is Out to Get Us'

The book's governing assumption is that at the close of World War II, the U.S. "had all but silenced external threats and was about to embark on a stunning era of prosperity.

 'The Big Book of Reel Murders' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Big Book of Reel Murders'

Delving behind the movie theater's curtain, as it were, "The Big Book of Reel Murders: Stories That Inspired Great Crime Films" offers a collection of fine short stories that were later made into classic crime films.

'The Case for Nationalism' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Case for Nationalism'

Rich Lowry, named editor of National Review in 1997 by Bill Buckley, is author of "Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream -- and How We Can Do It Again" and "Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years."

 'Inside the Hot Zone' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Inside the Hot Zone'

The possible recourse by hostile states and terrorists to deploy weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in their warfare is considered the most catastrophic national security threat facing the United States and other countries around the world.

 'Marley' (book jacket)


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'Under Occupation' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Under Occupation'

Alan Furst, author of the historical spy novel "Hero of France," returns to France during the period the country was under Nazi occupation in World War II in his latest novel, "Under Occupation."

'The Siberian Dilemma' (book jacket)

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'Lavash' (book jacket)


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'Republican Populist' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Republican Populist'

It's the contention of Charles J. Holden, Zach Messitte and Jerald Podair that "Richard Nixon's selection of Spiro Agnew to be his running mate in August 1968 proved to be one of the most underrated, consequential decisions in modern American politics, and it still reverberates a half century later."