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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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Robert Harris' "The Second Sleep" is evidence of the anxiety of our time, and worth reading and thinking about for that reason.

 'The Fall of Richard Nixon' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Fall of Richard Nixon'

Tom Brokaw's recent book, "The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate," aims to position himself as the period's pre-eminent wise man.

'The Lost Soul of the American Presidency' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Lost Soul of the American Presidency'

"The American president was intended, at least in part, to serve as the nation's chief of state, as its symbolic head, not a partisan leader. An office envisioned by George Washington and others as a source of national pride and unity has devolved into a force for division and discord."

 'Give Me Liberty' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Give Me Liberty'

"Nationalism is a given in human society," writes Richard Brookhiser, longtime senior editor at National Review, historian and author of 13 books. "It supplies feeling of belonging, identity, and recognition." As is well documented, it can also take "sinister forms elsewhere."

 'The Russia Trap' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Russia Trap'

How does the United States approach Russia today? Some call for sanctions and cyberwarfare to retaliate against Russian aggression in Ukraine and U.S. elections.

'Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum' (book jacket)

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Dr. Seuss' formal art training was limited to one high school art class that he never completed. Yet, he went on to become a professional draftsman and a lifelong, serious student of art.

'The Case Against Socialism' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Case Against Socialism'

Why in the world would sane people living through one of the most prosperous periods in national history ever consider voting for socialists?

 'None of Your Damn Business' (Book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'None of Your Damn Business'

Although it begins and ends with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's 2018 congressional testimony, "None of Your Damn Business," Lawrence Cappello's trenchant, informed study of privcy issues in America covers a lot of territory in between.

When the far-left takes its gloves off

When Wall Street Journal editorialist Kimberley Strassel penned "Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters are Breaking America" just a few short months ago, "House Democrats had yet to decide whether to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump," Ms. Strassel writes.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Agent Running in the Field'

"Agent Running in the Field" is well-written and suspenseful, and despite the characters' critical jabs at President Trump and Brexit, enjoyable.

 'The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole'

As Mr. Klehr writes, Karr, born David Katz in Brooklyn in 1918, "was the Zelig of twentieth-century American life." Like Woody Allen's Zelig, "he popped up at key moments and important places," often next to significant political figures.

 'In a House of Lies' (book jacket)

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In Ian Rankin's latest John Rebus crime novel, "In a House of Lies," we find the retired Scottish detective inspector suffering from COPD and living alone with his dog, Brillo.

'The Boundless Sea' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Boundless Sea'

In the preface to his masterful account of human history as shaped by the oceans, Cambridge Professor David Abulafia reminds us that the seas around us "account for something like 70% of the world's surface, and most of this watery space consists of the vast open areas we call oceans.

'Henry, Himself' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Henry, Himself'

While "Henry, Himself" is not a great novel, its quiet, witty charm is quite wonderful, each vignette a pleasure to read.

 'Cari Mora' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Cari Mora'

Let's say you are totally evil, a person without any saving human graces, a cross between the fictional Hannibal Lecter and the all-too-real Adolf Hitler. In other words, you're a Thomas Harris bad guy, and in this book, the author's first novel in 13 years, your name is Hans-Peter Schnieder.

'Deep State' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Deep State'

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