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 '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.”

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 'In a House of Lies' (book jacket)

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'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)

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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)

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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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