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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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BOOK REVIEW: 'When the Tempest Gathers'

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 'A Time to Build' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Time to Build'

Yuval Levin is worried about the increasing dysfunction in American society. He decries the deepening negativity of both right and left, the desire to tear down rather than to build up, and he fears that our country has entered a period of decline that has gutted many of the traditional institutions that sustain and reinforce a civil society. Who can disagree with that?

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Long Range'

Reading C.J. Box is sheer delight. Just as Larry McMurtry is the gold standard for novels of the Old West, C.J. Box is without rival when it comes to thrilling crime mystery novels set in our modern-day West.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Leadership Strategy and Tactics'

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BOOK REVIEW: 'We Ride Upon Sticks'

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'The Peanuts Papers' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Peanuts Papers'

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'Election Meltdown' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Election Meltdown'

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BOOK REVIEW: 'The Nation City'

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago from 2011 to 2019, is introduced in a splendid Chicago Tribune profile by Christopher Borrelli as "Chicagoan, shark, bully, pitbull, leviathan, sledgehammer, former mayor, former Democratic operative and fundraiser, former White House (Obama) chief of staff, former Hillary Clinton headache ... investment banker, father, husband, ballet dancer, Sunday morning TV talking head, and now author."

'Optimal Outcomes' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Optimal Outcomes'

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 'Revolutionary Brothers' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Revolutionary Brothers'

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'The Suspect' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Suspect'

Like many English teens, Alex O'Connor plans an adventure between finishing high school and hitting university. Her dream is back-packing round Thailand.

'Parisian Lives' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Parisian Lives'

Deirdre Bair had never written a biography when she sent a letter to Samuel Beckett in 1971, suggesting she write his. At the time, she was a 31-year-old journalist, married, with two children. "I had the grandiose idea that Samuel Beckett was not ... a writer steeped in alienation, isolation, and despair, but rather one who was deeply rooted in his Irish heritage and who portrayed that world through his upper-class Anglo-Irish background and sensibility."