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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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Book Review: Superpower

Superpower:  Three Choices For America’s Role In The World, by Ian Bremmer This is a thoughtful book on political worldview, and a far better book than a reader has any reason to expect given the subject matter and given the … Continue reading

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We May Make It Through The War If We Make It Through The Night

As someone who has tried to say as little about the 2016 political campaign as possible [1], I have nonetheless found that those around me are at least waking up to the political campaign for all of its horrors.  Among … Continue reading

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To Which Office Do I Go To Get My Reputation Back?

Not long ago I finished reading a political memoir written by a controversial former Attorney General [1] who was at some pains to demonstrate his own integrity and honor, in the face of the controversy that had filled his days … Continue reading

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