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Book Review

Book Review: ‘Becoming Richard Pryor’

Scott Saul’s adroit biography makes the strongest possible case for Pryor’s cultural centrality.

February 21, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson Brings Culture Clash To ‘Welcome To Braggsville’

“Welcome to Braggsville,” a novel about the clash of cultures, on both personal and collective terms.

February 19, 2015

Book Review Roundup: Will The ‘Rise Of The Robots’ Kill Human Jobs?

A brave new world of even more advanced technology is coming. Are American workers ready?

February 13, 2015
Marco Rubio addresses the crowd at CPAC

New Books By Marco Rubio And Mike Huckabee Hint At Directions For Potential Presidential Campaigns

Rubio and Huckabee’s campaign books speak volumes about the coming Republican primaries.

February 7, 2015

‘The Dogs Are Eating Them Now’ An Unflinching Account Of Afghanistan

In the crowded field of books on the Afghan War, Graeme Smith’s account of his time as a reporter in Kandahar seems destined to stand out as a classic.

January 31, 2015

Comic Book Is Rep. John Lewis’ Civil Rights-Era Teaching Tool

“March: Book Two” takes readers inside the odyssey of civil rights hero and U.S. Representative John Lewis.

January 23, 2015

Review: ‘Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class’

America’s creative class is quietly disappearing — and the result could be devastating for America.

January 17, 2015

Book Review: ‘The Stranger: Barack Obama In The White House’

Chuck Todd’s new book reveals what inside-the-Beltway journalism gets wrong about President Obama.

December 27, 2014

Book Review: ‘The Georgetown Set’

Greg Herken’s deep dive into Cold War Washington reminds us that the good old days weren’t all that good.

December 13, 2014

Book Review: ‘On Highway 61’

A trip down the Great River Road — and through the history of American music.

November 28, 2014

Book Review: ‘Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?’

A look inside the rise and fall of George Clinton.

November 7, 2014

Book Review: ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate’

Is the world ready for a big step forward in the fight against climate change?

October 31, 2014

Book Review: ‘American Apocalypse’

Christianity’s apocalyptic strain has been more deeply entrenched in our history and politics than you might think.

October 24, 2014

Book Review: ‘To Make Men Free’

Find out the GOP abandoned moderation — over and over again.

October 17, 2014

Book Review: ‘You Lie!’

There’s a liar in right-wing agitator Jack Cashill’s new book — but it’s not President Obama.

October 10, 2014

Book Review: ‘Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise With Corporations’

How big business gets away with crime — and you get stuck holding the bag.

October 3, 2014

Book Review: ‘The Invisible Bridge’

The Invisible Bridge is the third and weightiest installment in Rick Perlstein’s history of postwar American conservatism. The first volume, Before the Storm (2001), culminates in Barry Goldwater’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 1964, and Nixonland (2008) carries the story through Richard Nixon’s landslide reelection in 1972. The Invisible Bridge, which comes in at 810 pages without notes, […]

September 12, 2014

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being CIA General Counsel

Originally posted at The Washington Spectator In the months following 9/11, it seems Washington just couldn’t say “no” to the CIA. The agency’s budget shot through the ceiling. Suddenly the CIA not only commanded private armies, it even had a state-of-the-art air force! Between 2006-2007, the CIA drove a proxy war, mobilizing Ethiopia’s army to invade […]

March 28, 2014