Category Archives: Books

A Review of Professor Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny”

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder My rating: 4 of 5 stars A short read from Professor Snyder, who tells us that “history does not repeat, but it does instruct.” Professor Snyder gives us some … Continue reading

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Review of Tim Weiner’s “Legacy of Ashes”

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Tim Weiner has put together a well researched history of the CIA that will be discouraging for those that think “the Agency” has … Continue reading

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Review of “Devils Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency”

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green My rating: 4 of 5 stars Pretty good timing in picking up this book, with Trump firing Bannon just a short time ago. It was … Continue reading

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Review of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? by Graham Allison My rating: 5 of 5 stars A fascinating, and especially topical book by Graham Allison of the Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Allison … Continue reading

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The LBJ Memoir “The Vantage Point” Reviewed

The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency 1963-1969. by Lyndon B. Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having read all of the Caro LBJ books I was eager to read LBJ’s perspective on his Presidency. I grabbed this book … Continue reading

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Review of “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign”

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen My rating: 4 of 5 stars A hard look at the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, with lots “insider” thoughts on what went wrong. The book has taken some criticism over the … Continue reading

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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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