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'Leader'  by Richard Armey (book cover)


I guess Dick Armey and I were destined to become friends and political allies.

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Comrade Koba (book cover)

Robert Littell on 'Comrade Koba'

In Robert Littell's novel "Comrade Koba," a young boy named Leon, who along with other parentless children, is hiding in the labyrinth of secret rooms of a large house where many Soviet officials, like his late father, lived and worked.

Virginia Dynasty by Lynne Cheney (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Virginia Dynasty'

The rich tapestry of America's colonies is depicted with distinctive themes like liberty, freedom and democracy. Yet, the young nation's powerful heartbeat was most often heard in Virginia.

The Big Book of Espionage edited by Otto Penzler (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Big Book of Espionage'

I've loved spy thrillers since I was a teenager, and I've always loved short stories, so I was pleased that Otto Penzler has edited "The Big Book of Espionage Stories."

Desert Redleg by L. Scott Lingamfelter (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Desert Redleg'

In "Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War" by L. Scott Lingamfelter, U.S Army colonel (retired), we are transported back to this time to experience the largest artillery barrage since World War II.

“One Day in August: Ian Fleming, Enigma and the Deadly Raid on Dieppe” (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'One Day in August'

Some years ago, I came across an account of the disastrous World War II raid on Dieppe written by a British naval intelligence officer who viewed the raid from the deck of a warship off the coast of France.

Summer by Ali Smith (book cover)


Ali Smith's "Summer," the final novel of her seasonal quartet, is a remarkable book, rich in word-play and language, witty puns and deep concern for the catastrophes facing humanity today.

“Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury” (book cover)

A look back at Ray Bradbury's crime stories

Ray Bradbury, who was born in 1920 and died in 2012 at the age of 91, wrote 400 short stories and nearly 50 books in his lifetime. He is best known for his novels, such as "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," as well as other science fiction, fantasy and horror stories.

Mark Bowden's 'The Case of the Vanishing Blonde and Other True Crime Stories' (book cover)

Learning crimes behind Mark Bowden's 'The Case of the Vanishing Blonde and Other True Crime Stories'

Mark Bowden is perhaps best known for his book "Black Hawk Down" and his other books about the American military, such as "Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam," and "Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam." But in his latest book, "The Case of the Vanishing Blonde and Other True Crime Stories," he returns to his roots as a crime reporter.

Lost River (book cover)

'Lost River' looks at drug trafficking and the aftermath in rural Kentucky

J. Todd Scott is a DEA special agent as well as a fine crime novelist. Reading his first novel, "The Far Empty," I was reminded of Norman Mailer's comment about then-Assistant U.S. Attorney George V. Higgins and his novel "The Friends of Eddie Coyle": "What I can't get over is that so good a first novel was written by the fuzz."

Socialist Don't Sleep by Cheryl Chumley (Book Cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Socialists Don't Sleep'

Cheryl Chumley's new book, "Socialists Don't Sleep" goes the distance to address Reagan's warning in our times, not only about neglecting God, but about not addressing the advance of socialism in the nation whose mainstay since its founding has been liberty.

Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Reaganland'

As it so happens, you can judge a book by its cover, at least "Reaganland" by liberal activist and Ronald Reagan hater Rick Perlstein.

Brothers: From Time to Time by David Landau (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Brothers: From Time to Time'

A few pages into David Landau's stirring account of how the Cuban Revolution impacted the lives of one family, I found myself remembering a long-ago New Year's Eve 1958.

Under Beijing's Shadow by Murray Hiebert (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Under Beijing's Shadow'

Mr. Hiebert's book offers more than a snapshot of how Southeast Asian nations, among them Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand, are responding to China's overreach.

Defender In Chief  by John Yoo (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Defender in Chief'

One of the key aspects of the Trump presidency has been his success at maintaining the vibrant and dynamic role of the office of the president. In "Defender in Chief," John Yoo counters the narrative that President Trump challenges our constitutional order.

The Answer is by Alex Trebek (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Answer Is ...'

To millions of television viewers, Alex Trebek is the genial host of the long-running quiz show "Jeopardy!" Night after night he reads answers to which eager and knowledgeable contestants provide the questions in hopes of winning large sums of cash. Mr. Trebek does all he can to shine the spotlight on the contestants.