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An Iranian tale back on the radar

By Alan Wallace
When Iranian revolutionaries accused Cyrus M. Copeland’s American father of spying, his Iranian mother saved her husband’s life. That gives Copeland a unique perspective that ...

The partnership behind the atomic bomb

By Alan Wallace
Two men whose joint leadership efforts culminated 70 years ago — with ramifications still apparent today in headlines about negotiating with Iran over its nuclear-weapons ...

Finding hope in past for new order that resolves polarization

By Alan Wallace
Today’s partisan and ideological polarization is severe but neither hopeless nor unprecedented, James Piereson maintains in “Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar ...

An economist looks in the mirror

By Alan Wallace
Many who write about public policy publish collections of their work. When they do, far fewer rate how well they think their past work holds ...

The 1776 view of the Declaration

By Alan Wallace
The Declaration of Independence didn’t surprise American Colonists. And the Continental Congress that issued it knew it had their backing, says historian Joseph J. Ellis. ...

Don Boudreaux makes Hayek easy for all to understand

By Alan Wallace
George Mason University economics professor Donald J. Boudreaux, a regular Trib columnist, says his greatest hero is 20th-century economist Friedrich A. Hayek. But he admits ...

Evan Thomas reconsiders Richard Nixon

By Alan Wallace
Writing “Being Nixon: A Man Divided” (Random House, available Tuesday) gave Evan Thomas a more nuanced view of America’s 37th president. Thomas, former Newsweek editor-at-large, ...

How the left has pushed gay marriage

By Alan Wallace
Paul Kengor’s new book, “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage” (WND Books), portrays same-sex marriage as a “Trojan horse” ...

Exemplifying American exceptionalism through free-market endeavors

By Alan Wallace
American exceptionalism is usually thought of in political terms, but a nation’s political climate can foster or hinder innovation. In her new book, “Who Built ...

Automation’s threat to human workers keeps accelerating

By Alan Wallace
Automation’s capacity to replace humans, already evident in such traditional blue-collar strongholds as fast food and manufacturing, increasingly affects white-collar workers, too. Martin Ford’s “Rise ...

Conservative writers tackle funny side of being a father

By Alan Wallace
“T he Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love” (Templeton Press, available Monday) is the second essay collection edited by Weekly ...

Liberal pundit decries tactics ‘illiberal left’ uses to quash debate

By Alan Wallace
Kirsten Powers’ “The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech” (Regnery, available Monday) is an unusual critique of today’s liberals — one written by ...

Primer for general readers encourages constitutional debate

By Alan Wallace
The way in which father-and-son co-authors Michael Stokes Paulsen and Luke Paulsen wrote “The Constitution: An Introduction” (Basic Books, available Tuesday) fit with their goal ...

Beyond WW II glory & Hollywood glamour, survivor’s guilt & PTSD

By Alan Wallace
Returning to the spotlight a “Greatest Generation” battlefield hero turned movie star whose fame has faded, David A. Smith’s “The Price of Valor: The Life ...

How America’s tax burden got so big & can be cut

By Alan Wallace
Grover Norquist’s new book, “End the IRS Before It Ends Us: How to Restore a Low-Tax, High-Growth, Wealthy America” (Center Street), says much about U.S. ...

The Constitution & the places that make up America

By Alan Wallace
Akhil Reed Amar’s new book, “The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic” (Basic Books, available Tuesday), might not change minds ...

America’s long journey toward legal marijuana

By Alan Wallace
Bruce Barcott became an expert on the cannabis industry while researching and writing “Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America” (Time Books, ...

George Washington, from young Virginian to victorious American

By Alan Wallace
Combining history and biography, Robert Middlekauff takes a distinctive approach in his new book “Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader” (Knopf), focusing on ...

Tracing roots of Mideast strife to Ottomans’ fall

By Alan Wallace
Understanding today’s Middle East requires understanding its past. Award-winning historian Eugene Rogan’s new book, “The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle ...

How Lincoln aided Jews’ assimilation into American life

By Alan Wallace
Much changed for Jews in America during the lifetime of Abraham Lincoln, whose warm relations with them are the subject of “Lincoln and the Jews: ...