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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: ...

Explaining ISIS threat to U.S. in all its hideous detail

By Alan Wallace
Don’t count Erick Stakelbeck, author of “ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery, and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam” (Regnery, available Monday), among those who think the ...

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
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 ...