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 'Machiavelli' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Machiavelli’

Upbraiding his countrymen for failing to obey a national lockdown order, French President Emmanuel Macron decried what he called their “insouciance.” Mr. Macron, who wrote a youthful essay on the Italian Renaissance philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), might well have applied the same word to France’s eminent intellectual historian Patrick Boucheron, who has produced a breezy series of reflections on the thinker.

** FILE ** Novelist James Lee Burke poses near his home in New Iberia, La., in this April 27, 2001 file photo.  Burke's new book, the 15th novel in the series featuring detective-hero Dave Robicheaux, "Pegasus Descending," is being published by Simon & Schuster.(AP Photo/Brad Kemp)

James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux crime series continues

I was pleased to learn that James Lee Burke has a new crime novel coming out in May. According to his publisher Simon & Schuster, James Lee Burke’s “A Private Cathedral” is his most powerful story. The novel mixes crime, romance, mythology, horror and science fiction, as well as the all-consuming and all-conquering power of love.

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