Book Review

AFTER THE FALL by Ben Rhodes

Reviewed by Jim McCarthy The 44-year-old Rhodes became President Obama’s deputy national security adviser in 2009 following a stint as the candidate’s speechwriter beginning in 2007. Presently, he appears regularly as an MSNBC commentator and hosts a podcast entitled Pod… Read More ›

Forever Wars

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, August 10, 2021. Occasionally, a book reviewer will provide the kind of insight that inspires interest to acquire the book. At the same time, some reviews, in and of themselves, contain ideas… Read More ›

Plastics Diploma

By Frank Blechman Despite encouragement by the editors of this blog, I will NOT write this week about (soon-to-be-ex-) Governor Cuomo of New York, troops in (or out of) Afghanistan, the COVID crisis, NASA’s problems with its next moon-mission, the… Read More ›

Cut Nose, Spite Face

THE SUM OF US, by Heather McGhee Book Review by Frank Blechman In The Sum of Us, Heather McGhee brings over 20 years of experience into a strong and very readable case that white supremacist racism hurts white people as… Read More ›

Tangled Up in Blue

Book Review by Frank Blechman Rosa Brooks’ new book, Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City, does not have all the answers about how to improve policing or police. Maybe, it doesn’t have any. It is, however, an honest,… Read More ›

Hijacking America

Editors’ Note: From the New York Times, Book Review, print edition, August 23, 2020. EVIL GENIUSES The Unmaking of America: A Recent History By Kurt Andersen Reviewed By Anand Giridharadas Commentary: Occasionally we discover dynamic ideas in unexpected places, such… Read More ›

Trump Agonistes

Review by Michael Fruitman Dozens of books have been published about Donald Trump since the 2016 election, by journalists, political pundits, armchair psychologists, past associates, and more. A new one, titled simply Disloyal, by former Trump consigliere Michael Cohen, comes… Read More ›

BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow

Reviewed by Jim McCarthy Rachel Maddow is an uncontested star of MSNBC’s cable news and a powerhouse behind its ratings. In the opening pages of Blowout, she traces the history of ExxonMobil from the days of John D. Rockefeller setting… Read More ›