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 'Me and Patsy' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Me and Patsy’

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Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn only knew each other a short time before Cline’s death at the age of 30, but the friendship formed between two trailblazers of country music is enough to fill a book.

'Winning Your Audience' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Winning Your Audience’

Republican presidents have had constant difficulty in communicating their initiatives and accomplishments to the American people, due to an overwhelmingly hostile, activist and politically liberal/left press corps.

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'The Nation City' (book cover)

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'

When individuals or a country find themselves in a conflictual relationship with another party, and possible agreement and collaboration appears impossible, is it possible to find to a mutually satisfactory outcome through new methods of conflict resolution?

 'Revolutionary Brothers' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Revolutionary Brothers'

The saddest words in Tom Chaffin's "Revolutionary Brothers" are to be found on page three of the introduction: "While most Americans possess at least an inkling of knowledge about Thomas Jefferson's life, fewer know Lafayette's story."

'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."

 'The Book of Eating' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Book of Eating'

Back in 1936, Irma S. Rombauer published the mother of all modern American cookbooks. She called it "The Joy of Cooking." Eighty-four years later, veteran New York magazine restaurant critic Adam Platt has produced an appetizing, informed and magnificently entertaining memoir that could justifiably call itself "The Joy of Eating."

'Fight House' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Fight House'

Tevi Troy, who "spent most of the first decade of the 21st century working in the executive branch of the U.S. government dealing with disasters," is uniquely equipped to deal with subject of White House infighting.

'Sword of Kings' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Sword of Kings'

In Mr. Cornwell's "King of Swords," the 12th installment in the Saxon stories, Uhtred, who narrates the stories, becomes involved in the succession of Alfred the Great's son, King Edward.

 'Elizabeth Warren' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Elizabeth Warren'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's most controversial and dangerous are being advanced by other far-left and even "mainstream" candidates.

'The Splendid and the Vile' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Splendid and the Vile'

"The Splendid and the Vile" tells of a resonant time when a ship-of-state flounders through chartless seas with a feckless harlequin on the bridge while citizen-passengers argue and anguish.

'Saving Israel' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Saving Israel'

Israel has one of the world's most advanced and lethal air forces. In November 1947, however, when the United Nations General Assembly voted to partition historical Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state, thereby ending the British Mandate in Palestine, the Jewish community's defense forces had ground troops but no air force.

'With All Due Respect' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'With All Due Respect'

Nikki Haley, appointed by President Trump to serve as United States ambassador to the United Nations, held that post from 2017 through 2019, performing with the same intelligence, moral clarity, and love of country that informed her three terms in the South Carolina House and two terms as the first woman governor of South Carolina, and the first Sikh-American governor ever of any state.

'House of Trelawney' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'House of Trelawney'

Literary Anglophiles will find lots to love in Hannah Rothschild's new novel. The House of Trelawney of the title refers to Trelawney Castle. It has -- or rather had -- everything an English stately home should have: "A room for each day of the year, eleven staircases, four miles of hallways."

'The Age of Illusions' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Age of Illusions'

Andrew Bacevich is an observant critic of past mistakes and their consequences. This makes his latest work, a slim volume on the weighty subject of the end of the Cold War and its aftermath, worth reading whether you agree with all of his conclusions or not.

 'Call Sign Chaos' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Call Sign Chaos'

Jim Mattis' "Call Sign Chaos" offers lessons in leadership, a heartfelt appreciation for those willing to serve in the Marines and our other armed services, and incisive reflections on policies that succeeded or failed.

'Jay-Z: Made in America' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Jay-Z: Made in America'

"It should be clear," writes Eric Michael Dyson, "that JAY-Z is America at its scrappy, irreverent, soulful, ingenious best. He is as transcendent a cultural icon as Frank Sinatra [and] ... as gifted a poet as Walt Whitman ... When we hear JAY-Z, we listen to the incomparable tongue of American democracy expressed by a people too long held underfoot."

'The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti'

Meryle Secrest, National Humanities Medal laureate for her dozen celebrated biographies, has delivered the life story of the Olivetti company entwined with portraits of its three principal leaders, members of the eponymous clan: The founder. Camillo Olivetti; his multi-talented dynamo son, Adriano; and the merely brilliant grandson, Roberto.

'The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini'

When you think of great illusionists, Harry Houdini is at the top of the list. Few individuals in the world of magic have ever had his notoriety, built on the backs of relationships with newspapers, vaudeville acts and Hollywood studios. The mystique he exuded when he escaped from handcuffs, straitjackets and even a Chinese water torture cell created an aura of invincibility.

'Leadership in War' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Leadership in War'

Let me begin this review with an unreserved statement of praise: Andrew Roberts is a remarkably gifted writer of vivid narrative prose, and a talented, popular historian. Even when one disagrees with some of the conclusions he reaches, reading his work is always a pleasure and often a source of fresh insights.

 'Seabee 71 in Chu Lai' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Seabee 71 in Chu Lai'

In his book, "Seabee 71 in Chu Lai: A Navy Journalist's Memoir of His 14 Months with MCB 71, 1966-67," David H. Lyman recounts his time serving with the Seabees in Chu Lai, where the Seabees built roads, airfield runways, buildings and other projects.