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Unveiling the evidence of an intelligent designer

“Time really does have a beginning.” And, if time demonstrably has a beginning, then that argues for a Beginner. That profound claim is amply supported by astronomer Hugh Ross in the fourth edition of his accessible book “The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Latest Scientific Discoveries Reveal God.”

How honored glory came to a soldier known but to God

On a wintry day in October 1921, Army Lt. Arthur E. Dewey knelt on the muddy turf alongside one of the hundreds of crosses in a U.S. military burial ground in Thiaucourt, France.

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Recipes for disaster

When it comes to the American restaurant scene, we live in the best of times and the worst of times. Ingredient-wise, modern logistics and agriculture make America perhaps the most versatile and self-sufficient dining zone in the history of civilization.

Maybe Earth's future isn't so bad after all

"Predictions are useless," declares Gregg Easterbrook in his latest book, "It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism In an Age of Fear." Mr. Easterbrook also observes that "Experts can't see what is directly in front of their noses."

'The past must be understood in its own context'

Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA and Amherst, is the author of numerous books on subjects as diverse as philosophy, history and decision-making theory. His book, "Basic Economics," has been translated into six languages. He is a contributor to numerous publications, a syndicated columnist and one of those very rare economists who can communicate with laymen in clear, direct and vigorous prose.

A brave woman who defied Mao Zedong

As "free speech" and Vietnam War protests roiled the nation decades ago, a noisy fringe among the marchers proudly flaunted the green cotton jacket preferred by Mao Zedong, longtime dictator of the People's Republic of China.

The allure and alarm of Scandi noir

"The Sandman" is packed with isolated prisoners -- though they are not usually in a prison. One woman is buried alive for years in a coffin fitted with an airpipe so she can breathe. Others are stuffed in plastic barrels, also with airpipes that make their captivity a long-term affair. Two half-starved children are locked in an air raid shelter that's so dark they can see nothing.

Giving Ike and his accomplishments a second look

Academic historians are giving the presidential performance of Dwight D. Eisenhower a well-deserved second look, and the results show the contemporary political pundits who derided him were either biased or blind to his accomplishments.

A love letter to Dublin

The acclaimed and accomplished Irish writer John Banville, who is probably best known in America for his crime novels written under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, has won about every prize the literary world has to offer, from the Man Booker to the Franz Kafka Prize, and is mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Gangsters, the Cosa Nostra and New Jersey

New Jersey is unique as it is the only state in America that is home to several different Cosa Nostra organized crime families (called La Cosa Nostra by law enforcement).

Traitors, spies and Russia

An ever-present nightmare for an intelligence agency is the prospect of an enemy officer winnowing his or her way into a position where he or she can endanger operations.

The educator has no clothes

As befits a professor of economics at George Mason University, Bryan Caplan's writing style is economical.

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'

Anyone who undertakes a general history of 19th-century Britain must marshal enormous amounts of information. In "Victorious Century," author David Cannadine certainly succeeds in this task.

Explaining one of history's greatest blunders

To those classic categories of spy/thriller/mystery literature, the "What If ?" and the "Who Done ?" let us now add a new genre, the "How Did ?" Mitch Silver's "The Bookworm" explains one of history's greatest blunders -- and I use the superlative advisedly. It is a masterpiece of speculative revisionism and in this aspect a captivating read, a romp.

Finding and flipping witnesses

The point made by Mike Lawson, an excellent writer who knows his political chops, is that the key aspect of a case may be potential interference with what the witness remembers, or what he or she thinks they remember.

Of masters and monsters

Upon seeing the title "I'm From The Government and I'm Here To Kill You" one might be forgiven for assuming the book is a self-published screed from an anti-government misanthrope. David T. Hardy's background as a Washington, D.C., insider, an attorney working to aid federal law enforcement, and a noted First and Second Amendment scholar whose work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and 11 of the 13 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals dissolves that concern. Once reassured, one wants to know if it is indeed true, even possible, that the government really is "here to kill you."

A tangled tale, more entertaining than enlightening

Historian Bethany Hughes definitely believes in beginning at the beginning. Her informed, energetic account of one of the world's great metropolises, "Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities," begins on a literally cryptic note with the unearthing of a prehistoric corpse.

A mix of societies where violence prevailed

Foreign policy observers have long decried the decisions colonial powers made following World War I that shuffled the Middle East into unwise mixtures of racial and religious groups.

The battle of the superheroes

One of my favorite childhood memories was going to Comics Unlimited, a now-defunct comic book store close to my high school. My friends and I would enthusiastically snatch up just about every new title before it was placed on the racks.