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A practitioner of advocacy journalism looks back

If Seymour Hersh received a report card in kindergarten, I’d be willing to bet that he flunked “plays well with other children.” He is by his own admission egotistical, arrogant and not a team player. He has left almost every publication, including one he founded, under some kind of a cloud of controversy. Consequently, his memoir “Reporter” makes very interesting reading, and I found it compelling.

Inside the corridors of Canadian power

U.S.-Canada relations are at a low point, due to the ongoing trade war which has engulfed our two nations. Nevertheless, we’ve been close friends, allies and trading partners for over a century in spite of our differences, both subtle and profound.

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An overweight history of America's understudied empire

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How a Navy SEAL thwarted Soviet-backed rebels in the Congo

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Recalling the momentous Reagan-Gorbachev summit

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Lessons from the head of the class

In their last book, "Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How To Prevent It," Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Gerald B. Kauvar, along with E. Grady Bogue, wrote a critical study of unsuccessful college presidencies.

Compelling essays that make good beach reading

We are into the summer reading season: the time when we choose books to take to the beach or the lake, or to while away the misery of planes and airports. Publishers see this as a chance to promote feel-pretty-good family sagas or romances, or mysteries that nudge the inner detective rather than threaten anything more serious.

A flawed book still worth reading

Yascha Mounk is a good writer and a bright Harvard University political scientist. While this sounds impressive, one should bear in mind that politics is not really a science. Instead, it is a bubbling cauldron of individual and group prejudices, loyalties, traditions, sentiments, interests and cultural forces that defies a purely scientific analysis.