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Book Review: Year Of Meteors

Year Of Meteors:  Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, And The Election That Brought On The Civil War, by Douglas R. Egerton It ought to surprise no one that I am fond of reading books about the complex relationship between Lincoln and … Continue reading

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The Oscillator

About a decade or so ago I saw a movie in the theaters called Swing Vote, starring Kevin Costner as a cynical alcoholic from New Mexico with an impossibly cute daughter who, the story goes, was going to decide a … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Begin The World Anew

To Begin The World Anew:  The Genius And Ambiguities Of The American Founders, by Bernard Bailyn While I cannot say that I would entirely agree with the author’s politics, especially as he shows a sense of rhetoric about the complexities … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers:  How The White House Chiefs Of Staff Define Every Presidency, by Chris Whipple [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Blogs/Crown Publishing Group.  All thoughts and opinions.] Honestly, this is the sort of book … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Political Philosophy Of Hobbes

The Political Philosophy Of Hobbes:  Its Basis And Its Genesis, by Leo Strauss, translated by Elsa M. Sinclair For many years I have been fond of the political philosophy of Harry Jaffa, who was a student of Leo Strauss [1]. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Self-Culture In Reading, Speaking, And Conversation

Self Culture In Reading, Speaking, And Conversation:  Designed For The Use Of Schools, Colleges, And Home Instruction, by William Sherwood I do not know who William Sherwood is.  His is not a name that has long endured, and this work … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Death Of American Virtue

The Death Of American Virtue:  Clinton vs. Starr, by Ken Gormley A friend of mine loaned this book to me quite a while ago, and I long delayed reading it for two main reasons.  The first of the reasons is … Continue reading

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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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