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Race, the 1960s & today’s polarized politics, society

By Alan Wallace
For Shelby Steele, author of the new book “Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country” (Basic Books, available Monday), our nation’s sharp, seemingly ...

Playing politics puts administration in ex-sniper’s sights

By Alan Wallace
Scott Taylor’s “Trust Betrayed: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Selling Out of America’s National Security” (Regnery, available Monday) is a different sort of American ...

Blaming feds’ policies for ‘08 crash sparks left-wing backlash

By Alan Wallace
Making the case for a viewpoint widely held among Republicans in Congress and conservatives nationwide, Peter J. Wallison’s new book “Hidden in Plain Sight: What ...

Special interests trumping public’s interests decried

By Alan Wallace
The federal government and its power have so exceeded the limits that the Founders and Framers tried to impose that constitutional checks and balances have ...

Influencing U.S. foreign policy, from Nixon years on

By Alan Wallace 10:39 a.m.
In Bartholomew Sparrow’s estimation, there have been bigger names in post-World War II U.S. foreign policy but none more influential than the man whose story ...

The unheralded mind behind decades of Pentagon strategy

By Alan Wallace
Spotlighting a Pentagon figure known as “the most influential man you’ve never heard of” and sometimes called “Yoda” by his fellow strategic thinkers, “The Last ...

A Chinese voice extols free market for China’s economy

By Alan Wallace
Americans can familiarize themselves with a Chinese scholar whose views, echoing the thinking of Friedrich Hayek and other members of the “Austrian school,” have helped ...

A class-warfare take on origin, history of Republican Party

By Alan Wallace
Heather Cox Richardson’s provocative “To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party” (Basic Books) is a book that will please left-leaning readers but ...

What our Civil War meant to the rest of the world

By Alan Wallace
Most Civil War books emphasize people, events and issues within U.S. borders. But not Don H. Doyle’s “The Cause of All Nations: An International History ...

New year, new books

By Alan Wallace
Two books due early next year have much to do with 2016’s presidential race. With Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Elizabeth Warren ...

Mencken as we’ve never been able to read him before

By Alan Wallace
Readers today may know H.L. Mencken mainly for his saying, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” Now, an autobiographical reissue, ...

One gun owner lives nightmare in New Jersey

By Alan Wallace
Brian D. Aitken recounts his nightmare experience with New Jersey anti-gun laws and jurists in his new memoir, “The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left’s ...

How feds prosecute corporate crime

By Alan Wallace
Much about federal prosecution of corporate crime remains murky, but Brandon L. Garrett, a University of Virginia law professor, sheds considerable light on the topic ...

Christmas gifts for readers, whether they lean ‘red’ or ‘blue’

By Alan Wallace 12:19 p.m.
It’s time to find the perfect books to give as Christmas presents. Following are titles that can help book lovers please readers on their gift ...

Pilgrim voices tell of more than first Thanksgiving

By Alan Wallace
The typical “first Thanksgiving” story covers only a small, brief portion of the Pilgrims’ experiences over a span of decades. Telling their tale far more ...

Why America must continue role as world’s policeman

By Alan Wallace
The United States isn’t in irreversible decline; it’s in worldwide retreat because of errant policy choices that make a course change both possible and necessary, ...

When doing nothing is the best thing government can do

By Alan Wallace
Recounting “America’s last governmentally unmedicated depression,” James Grant makes a strong case against federal intervention during economic downturns in “The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash ...

Six months among Pyongyang’s privileged youths

By Alan Wallace
Readers intrigued by Kim Jong Un’s recent extended absence from public view can gain insight into the repressive system that shapes North Korea’s ruling class ...

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 ...