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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 »

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families

Gourevitch on the Rwandan genocide Read More »

The Eternal Frontier

The ecology of America's eternal frontier Read More »

Why I Hate Canadians

A snappily written collection of slightly over-the-top cultural criticism, with a fairly serious point at the core. If you like that sort of thing, you'll probably enjoy this book, even if you don't know who Farley Mowat is. Read More »