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Book Review: Almost President

Almost President:  The Men Who Lost The Race But Changed The Nation, by Scott Farris I read a lot of books, even a lot of books about elections and politics [1], but the response I got to this book was … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hats In The Ring

Hats In The Ring:  An Illustrated History of American Presidential Campaigns, by Evan Cornog and Richard Whelan This is an odd book, but not odd in a bad way.  The authors appear to be at least somewhat downcast about the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln For President

Lincoln For President:  An Unlikely Candidate, An Audacious Strategy, And the Victory No One Saw Coming, by Bruce Chadwick As someone who has read many books about Abraham Lincoln [1], I am always intrigued when someone tries to find something … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Triumph Of William McKinley

The Triumph Of William McKinley:  Why The Election of 1896 Still Matters, by Karl Rove I have to admit at the outset that I am pleasantly surprised by how good this book is, having never read a book from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Birth Of Modern Politics

The Birth Of Modern Politics:  Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828, by Lynn Hudson Parsons In reading this book, published in 2009, I was struck by how relevant it was to the contemporary political environment.  Of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Law Of Peoples

The Law Of Peoples With “The Idea Of Public Reason Revisited,” by John Rawls I liked this book a lot more than I expected to, and the author deserves a lot of credit for that.  To be sure, I knew … Continue reading

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Don’t Leave Home: A Discussion Of Presidential Farewell Addresses

It can be immensely instructive to pay attention to what someone says last.  This is especially true of presidents, whose words in general are under more scrutiny than most because of the office that they hold, and whose last words … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: The California Gold Rush And The Coming Of The Civil War

The California Gold Rush And The Coming Of The Civil War, by Leonard L. Richards, read by Jeff Riggenbach The role of the West Coast in the course of the Civil War and its outbreak has often been forgotten, but … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Baronial Reform And Revolution In England 1258-1267

Baronial Reform And Revolution In England 1258-1267, edited by Adrian Jobson For reasons that are either too obscure or too personal to wish to explain in detail, I am fascinated by the problems of legitimacy that governments have faced throughout … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Great Declaration

The Great Declaration:  A Book For Young Americans, by Henry Steele Commager Most famous for his massive compilation of primary sources for the American Civil War The Blue And The Gray, in this short book (about 110 pages or so), … Continue reading

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