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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 …

Growing up as a Cold War Air Force ‘brat’

By Alan Wallace
In his new book, “I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir” (Simon & Schuster), James Webb focuses on his early life, not on the later …

A long view of money, wars & governments

By Alan Wallace
The 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath are part of a cycle of history that began five centuries ago, according to Kwasi Kwarteng’s “War and …

A deft practitioner of old-school espionage

By Alan Wallace
As Americans debate the U.S. intelligence community’s use of electronic monitoring and data, Kai Bird’s “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames” …

Innovation vs. regulation: U.S. policy & prosperity

By Alan Wallace
U.S. policymakers refrained in the mid-1990s from imposing regulatory burdens and legal hurdles on companies capitalizing on the then-burgeoning Internet, enabling the likes of Google, …

One who got away — with spying for USSR

By Alan Wallace
An American who spied for the Soviet Union but was never even charged with espionage may become as well known as others who were caught …