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The People and The President

You can hear America singing in FDR's letters from the common man. Read More »

The Widening Rift?

Fox News reports that the rift between black voters and Jewish voters within the Democratic Party is widening. Frankly, however, I’m skeptical that all this will amount to much this November. It has long been known–poll after poll has shown it–that the most conservative voters in America are black. On welfare, guns, drugs, crime, abortion, family values, religion, you name ... Read More »

Manhattan Sharks, or The Mysterious Disappearing Conservative Generation

In 1984, TIME magazine reported that young people (defined as 18-24) were lopsidedly supporting Reagan for reelection. The Big Chill crowd was said to be perplexed that voters born between 1960-66 should want to “turn back the clock” on the “idealistic” Boomers’ “hard won gains.” The polls were no surprise to me. When I was a child in the Sixties ... Read More »

So, You Want to Be President?

Few kids say they want to grow up to be President these days. What this book makes clear is that just about anyone can. Read More »


In Master of the Senate, the third volume of his on-going biography of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro once again delivers a portrait that is as masterful and mean as his subject. Read More »

Notes from the Underground

In American Ground, William Langewiesche digs into the molten heart of Ground Zero and the men who cleared it away. Read More »

Vic Hanson: Soul of Battle

A must read for anyone wanting to evaluate America's chances in the current conflict. Read More »

September 11 Books

Tunku Varadarajan reviewed some of the many, many September 11 books. He recommends Michael Ledeen’s The War Against the Terror Masters and Victor Davis Hanson’s An Autumn of War. He also liked the haunting pictorial Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs–a book selling well in my store. While not explicit September 11 books, I recommend Bernard Lewis’ What ... Read More »

How The Fender Bass Changed The World

Leo Fender was the one of the un-hippest looking white men ever, and he wasn't even a musician, but somehow, in the early 1950s, he invented two instruments that would create a brand new genre of music: rock and roll. Read More »

Mark Bowden: Black Hawk Down

Even if you've seen the movie, you need to read this in-the-streets account of the now infamous seventh mission of Task Force Ranger and Delta Force in Mogadishu, Somalia. Militarily, the mission was a success; politically, it was a disaster. Bowden masterfully captures both the action and the human story in a way that sheds light on our current conflict. Read More »