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Bellying up to the bar (or not) with presidents

By Alan Wallace
Americans exasperated by their leaders’ shortcomings might say politics drives them to drink. Offering a more enjoyable take on how drinking and political power have …

GOP must save America in the next two years

By Alan Wallace
In their new book “Power Grab: Obama’s Dangerous Plan for a One Party Nation” (Humanix Books), best-selling husband-and-wife authors Dick Morris and Eileen McGann contend …

Gubernatorial reads

By Alan Wallace
Editor’s note: A Page of Books asked the campaigns of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democrat challenger Tom Wolf to list five books each had …

Fukuyama finishes sweeping look at governance

By Alan Wallace
Francis Fukuyama’s long-held worldview is given expansive treatment in his new book, “Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of …

How a lasting Mideast treaty came to be

By Alan Wallace
The Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty negotiated at Camp David in 1978 and signed at the White House in 1979 — still the only such agreement between …

Viewing the world through an elder statesman’s eyes

By Alan Wallace
At age 91, Henry Kissinger shows in his new book, “World Order” (The Penguin Press), that his realpolitik outlook is as firm and free of …

Race, class, steel strike & football: 1959 in Western Pennsylvania

By Alan Wallace
In “Striking Gridiron: A Town’s Pride and a Team’s Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History” (Thomas Dunne Books, available Tuesday), Greg …

McMillan tells entire story of Flight 93

By Alan Wallace
Confusion and fear marked 9/11, but today, “you look back and it seems so clear,” says Tom McMillan, author of “Flight 93: The Story, the …

Reporting abroad, he saw the world & journalism change

By Alan Wallace
Both the world and journalism are much different than they were when H.D.S. Greenway began his reporting career more than 50 years ago. His new …

Laughs tracked: Late-night gags, pols & the public

By Alan Wallace
Political humor is a laughing matter. But in their new book “Politics is a Joke!: How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life” (Westview Press), S. …

How FDR took charge of World War II decision-making

By Alan Wallace
Unlike British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn’t survive World War II to write his own wartime memoir, which he’d intended to …

‘Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse’: Marine Corps’ 4-legged hero of Korean War

By Alan Wallace
Not all U.S. military heroes are two-legged — or long remembered. Robin Hutton’s new book, “Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse” (Regnery History), returns a four-legged, …

How besieged middle class can fight back

By Alan Wallace
Wayne Allyn Root’s new book, “The Murder of the Middle Class: How to Save Yourself and Your Family from the Criminal Conspiracy of the Century” …

Countering Dems’ claims about GOP & women

By Alan Wallace
Democrat animus toward women manifests itself in contraception, self-defense, the “women’s vote” and many other issues, according to Katie Pavlich, author of “Assault and Flattery: …

The past, present & future of the CIA through spying eyes

By Alan Wallace
In his new book co-written with Vernon Loeb, “Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story” (Sarah Crichton Books), Jack Devine recounts his 32-year CIA career, considers …

How two unlikely allies scored win for same-sex unions

By Alan Wallace
Along the path to same-sex marriage’s legalization in 19 states today was a California case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. In “Redeeming …

Three for the Fourth: Celebrate Independence Day with these new biographies

By Alan Wallace
“James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” by Lynne Cheney (Viking) — The wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, author of numerous books on American history, …

Technological cures for what ails health care

By Alan Wallace
Jonathan Bush’s new book, “Where Does It Hurt?: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care” (Portfolio), benefits from his background and his success in applying …

How WW II set Brazil on path to modernize

By Alan Wallace
Brazil’s economic woes might not matter globally — and it might not be hosting this year’s World Cup soccer tournament and 2016’s Summer Olympics — …

Inside the 1986 talks that changed history’s course

By Alan Wallace
Ken Adelman provides both up-close detail that only an insider could and historical perspective that comes only with the passage of years in his new …