Churchill for President

His Finest Hour [Read more...]

Winston Churchill’s Improbable Life

The biography of Winston Churchill will make you feel inadequate, grateful, and inspired. [Read more...]

George F. Kennan: Biography of a Bureaucrat

Review of George F. Kennan:  An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis Magisterial, thousand-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies are usually reserved for presidents, emperors, generals, and saints.  With John Lewis Gaddis’ definitive  George F. Kennan:  An American Life, the epic treatment is given to a 20th Century American bureaucrat.  Who was George Kennan, and why does [Read More...]

Mere Lewis

Review of C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath By COYLE NEAL Writing biographies is hard work. Sometimes, there just isn’t a lot of information about an individual—even if that individual is a very important historical figure. Sometimes there’s so much information that sifting through everything to discover what is important can seem to be [Read More...]

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Anti-Christian Screed (The Swerve)

Review of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt By PAUL D. MILLER On one level, The Swerve is the biography of a minor figure in Renaissance Florence (Poggio Bracciolini) and an entertaining story of how he recovered a lost work of Roman poetry (Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things). This part of The [Read More...]

In Which Arius Receives a Stocking Full of Coal and a Knuckle Sandwich

Review of The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus by Adam C. English By ALEXIS NEAL My idea of Santa Claus is based on an amalgamation of Disney specials, Norman Rockwell paintings, and the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore. I know what every kid knows—that Santa looks vaguely like Edmund Gwenn. But I didn’t know [Read More...]

A Great Biography for a Great Life

Review of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris By KENDRICK KUO Teddy Roosevelt has been in the news recently. Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed discussing the persistent failure of Teddy to win the Nationals’ presidents race that occurs every baseball game. There was a public outcry. Even Edmund Morris contributed [Read More...]

What Lincoln Can Teach the Tea Party

Review of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner By PAUL D. MILLER Abraham Lincoln was a racist who believed Africans were intellectually inferior to whites and should not have equal political rights with their racial superiors. He opposed immediate abolition and favored only gradual emancipation, coupled with compensation for slave owners deprived [Read More...]

What does power reveal? Caro answers.

Review of The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Vol. 1, 2, 3) by Robert A. Caro NOTE: The fourth volume will be reviewed in a future post. By KENDRICK KUO When The Passage of Power hit the shelves in May this year, every major literary magazine, political blog, and newspaper with an opinion column, felt obligated [Read More...]


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