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Michael Taube

Michael Taube

Michael Taube is a contributor for The Washington Times.

Articles by Michael Taube

BOOK REVIEW: 'The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic'

Michael Medved is one of America's most successful talk radio hosts. An Orthodox Jew, he attended law school, worked as a Democratic Party aide and speechwriter, and eventually found a permanent home in the Republican Party. He's a member of USA Today's board of contributors, a former New York Post film critic, and has written books on everything from politics to Hollywood. Published January 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of The Twentieth Century'

William F. Buckley Jr., the late founder of National Review, was one of the most talented and erudite writers the world has ever seen. Yet, for all that we have read and admired about his books, columns, reviews, essays and speeches, very little has been discussed about his mastery of a most difficult literary form: the eulogy. Published November 7, 2016

Tracing the rich history of the Olympics

David Goldblatt examines the stories, surprises, struggles and successes in "The Games: A Global History of the Olympics." With dashes of history, politics, ethnicity and popular culture, the well-respected sportswriter-author shows us how far the Olympics have come, and what the games' future might hold. Published August 16, 2016

Herbert Hoover in a new light

Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. president, confuses more historians than he inspires. Published July 6, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'Disraeli: The Novel Politician'

When Benjamin Disraeli was 12 years old, his family converted from Judaism to Christianity. Yet the Christian convert who became the United Kingdom's first (and, to date, only) prime minister with a Jewish lineage never truly abandoned his roots. Published April 26, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'Dinomania: The Lost Art of Winsor McCay'

There's an age-old thought experiment which goes like this: "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Some people have created their own variations of this philosophical question, and here's mine: "If a cartoonist draws a comic strip that was never published, did it ever exist in print?" Published April 13, 2016

JFK's relations with Canada explored in 'Cold Fire'

Canada and the United States have historically been great friends, allies and trading partners. John Boyko, an author, historian and administrator at Canada's Lakefield College School, examines this unique relationship in "Cold Fire: Kennedy's Northern Front." Published April 5, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'Canoe Country: The Making of Canada'

Every country has its own set of unique features and distinguishing characteristics. With respect to my country, Canada, the list often includes hockey, back bacon, certain brands of beer, Canadian geese, maple syrup, the CN Tower, the Badlands, Quebec City, prairie skies, Niagara Falls and igloos, among other things. Published February 16, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'Lincoln's Political Thought'

Lev Grossman, in his Jan. 31, 2008 Time magazine essay, "The Lincoln Compulsion," made this intriguing observation: "There have been more books about Abraham Lincoln than any other American." Published February 2, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Charlie Chaplin Archives'

Many of Charlie Chaplin's films, including "The Kid" (1921), "The Gold Rush" (1925), "Modern Times" (1936), "The Great Dictator" (1940) and "Limelight" (1952), are regarded as masterpieces. He co-founded the distribution company United Artists with D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Published November 4, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: 'Stephen Harper'

Stephen Harper became the 22nd prime minister of Canada on Feb. 6, 2006. The Conservative Party leader has focused his time and energies on important issues such as lower taxes, smaller government, fiscal responsibility and strong foreign policy measures. Published September 30, 2015

Juli Slemmons holds a "Calvin and Hobbes" comic by cartoonist Bill Watterson at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo)

BOOK REVIEW: Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue

Bill Watterson's modern masterpiece about a wildly imaginative six-year boy, Calvin, and his faithful companion Hobbes, an anthropomorphic stuffed tiger, ran from 1985-1995. The strip was intelligent, thought-provoking and (unsurprisingly) rather philosophical. Academics, scientists and people from all walks of life were among its faithful followers. Published August 13, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: 'Hokusai'

Between the 17th and 19th centuries, ukiyo-e was one of the most influential artistic styles in Japan. Composed of woodblock prints and traditional painting, typical scenes included historical events, folk stories, beautiful women and the rigors of daily life. Published July 29, 2015

How to unite conservatives and libertarians

In the 1960s, National Review senior editor Frank S. Meyer took on the Herculean task of finding common ground between conservatism and libertarianism. His political vision, fusionism, built right-leaning bridges that played significant roles in two Republican presidential campaigns: Barry Goldwater (1964) and Ronald Reagan (1980). Published June 9, 2015

Turning a negative into a positive

There's a popular narrative in U.S. politics these days. The Democrats dislike the Republicans. The Republicans dislike the Democrats. The American voter dislikes the Democrats and Republicans for what they've done, and still do, to politics and elections. Published April 15, 2015