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Raymond Gantter Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II Chu Hartley Publishers (May 2016)

The Estate of Josephine Herbst The Starched Blue Sky of Spain and Other Memoirs Chu Hartley Publishers (May 2016)

Melanie Thernstrom The Dead Girl Chu Hartley Publishers (May 2016)

Kevin J. McNamara Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe Public Affairs (March 2016)

David Gelernter The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness W.W. Norton & Co. (February 2016)

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David Lehman Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World HarperCollins (October 2015)

David Lehman Best American Poetry 2015: Guest Editor, Sherman Alexie Scribner (September 2015)

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Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive Yale University Press (May 2015)

Harold Bloom The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime Spiegel & Grau (May 2015)

Peter Schweizer Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich HarperCollins (May 2015)

In the News, May 2016

Posted 05.06.16:  Raymond Gantter's Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II is now available as an e-book. This memoir, written often literally from the trenches, is a sharply observed and moving narrative of the foot-soldier's war. Gantter arrived in France as an infantryman a few months after D-Day, taking part in the historic and bloody Battle of the Bulge, slowly penetrating into and across Germany, fighting all the way to the Czechoslovakian border. By the end of the war, he had earned a field commission to lieutenant and had won the Silver Star.
Posted 04.12.16:  The Wall Street Journal on Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe by Kevin J. McNamara: "It is an epic story unknown even to many World War I history buffs…. With admirable energy he has assembled the story by piecing together archival records and the memoirs of the gallant men who served…. Fascinating."
Posted 04.12.16:  A starred review from Booklist for Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education by Charles J. Sykes: "Sykes here poses hard questions about the quality and substance of what the nation's universities now deliver. Too often, Sykes concludes, colleges give their students little but debt to show for their years on campus. As they visit a wide range of schools, readers see how administrators lavish resources on impressive buildings, on powerhouse athletic programs, and on aloof professors who dodge students so they can write unreadable and unread tomes of research. With telling statistics and piquant anecdotes, Sykes indicts higher educators for teaching students little about the humanities, mathematics, or the sciences, while indoctrinating them in rigid new political orthodoxies. Laying out a bold agenda for reform, Sykes calls for a university system smaller and less dependent on government largesse, less politically correct, and more open to online instruction than the one now bankrupting many students and their families. Certain to stimulate a much-needed debate." (Booklist is published by the American Library Association.)

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The first, wittiest statement of the paradoxical efficacy of conflict, the invisible hand, and creative destruction in human affairs, was The Grumbling Hive: Or Knaves Turned Honest by Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733).
The poem appears after the bio on Doctor Mandeville. Scroll down.

Evelyn Waugh on publishing...(see full passage)
"Old Rampole deplored the propagation of books. 'It won’t do,' he always said whenever Mr. Bentley produced a new author, “no one ever reads first novels...”