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A Review of Richard Rorty’s “Achieving Our Country”

Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America by Richard M. Rorty My rating: 4 of 5 stars For having been written many years ago (published in 1998) the Richard Rorty book “Achieving Our Country” has drawn plenty of attention … Continue reading

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A Review of David Halberstam’s The Best and the Brightest

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam My rating: 5 of 5 stars A true masterpiece. It is hard to believe that I am reading this book in 2017, but it is still relevant today, offering insights that policy … Continue reading

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Book Review of “Five Presidents” by Clint Hill

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford by Clint Hill My rating: 4 of 5 stars Retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill has written another book about his service, detailing a career spent serving five … Continue reading

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Review of “Smartest Guys in the Room” by Bethany McLean

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Enron business story remains one of the most significant instances of business corruption leading to failure … Continue reading

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Review of Ike’s Gamble by Michael Doran

Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East by Michael Doran My rating: 4 of 5 stars A very good book, with a strong point of view that some think still has relevance in todays Middle East. Doran … Continue reading

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Review of the “When the Tea Party Came to Town” by Robert Draper

When the Tea Party Came to Town: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives’ Most Combative, Dysfunctional, and Infuriating Term in Modern History by Robert Draper My rating: 4 of 5 stars I caught a good sale at Amazon, so I … Continue reading

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Review of Give Em Hell by Terry Golway

Give ’em Hell: The Tumultuous Years of Harry Truman’s Presidency, in His Own Words and Voice [With CD (Audio)] by Terry Golway My rating: 4 of 5 stars Got the book as a gift, and it was a very pleasant … Continue reading

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