In the News, December 2016
Posted 12.01.16: Anthony DeCurtis in The New York Times Book Review on Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop by Marc Myers: "Each story is a pleasure to read and will deepen your listening experience. Which is saying something…. You might initially wonder what's left for you to learn…. Turns out to be plenty…. Myers bears down hard on these songs, and the artists rise to the standard he sets…. The magic happens when the artists themselves speak, and they deftly—and movingly—cover a range of issues, from the technical to the emotional."
Posted 11.28.16: "A treasure trove of music trivia between hard covers…. [A] splendid volume." — Charles Kaiser in The Guardian on Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop by Marc Myers; “A highly developed critic, fascinated by the technical aspects of musical production, and yet at the same time the least judgmental…. All the songs he examines have that inexplicable power of persistence, classics that have entered the permanent deposit of popular song…. The result is surprisingly sweet…. The critical ability of Marc Myers shows in his selection of topics and his persistence in hunting down the right people to talk about their songs. But his talent as a writer shows in his willingness to get out of the way and let them talk…. Myers pushes his subjects to recollect what had really happened that day in the studio, that moment when the song first came to mind, that instant when the radio began to play it.”—Joseph Bottum in the Washington Free Beacon
Posted 11.28.16: “In her new book, No Child Left Alone: Getting the Government Out of Parenting, Abby W. Schachter delves into how the federal government has been meddling in the bedrock of human society: the family…. The book documents how, at daycares and schools, the federal government has put in regulations that infringe on the rights of parents…. Her book gives many compelling examples of when the state has gone too far. Readers will be shocked and disturbed at how involved the government has become in trying to take over the job of child-rearing. Every parent—or expecting parent—should read this book to see what they are up against.”—Tyler Arnold, Washington Free Beacon
Posted 11.18.16: "It is a new book which goes way beyond the standard cultural discussions of Pilgrims, turkey, holiday traffic and early morning bargain shoppers. Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience by Melanie Kirkpatrick is handsomely packaged and offers uncommon resources for those seeking insight on why we observe the day…. She has drawn on vintage newspaper accounts, private correspondence, historical documents, and even very old cookbooks to craft her portrait of the day."—Jennifer Harper, The Washington Times
Posted 11.08.16: “One of the most informative music books in a long time…. Starting with Lloyd Price's 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' in 1952, there are enough inside tales to mesmerize fanatics and semi-fanatics who remain enthralled by rock & roll and all its eras. The arc can't be beat: from Price to the Isley Brothers, Janis Joplin, Dion, the Doors, the Young Rascals, the Rolling Stones (Keith Richards' recollections of recording 'Street Fighting Man' are priceless), right on through to Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, and R.E.M. The amount of details unearthed in the interviews feels like eavesdropping on two longtime friends talking about old times. One of the winning elements is that the chapters are short, and leave the reader fulfilled but still wanting just a little more. It's kind of like the original 45s that are being celebrated…. Anatomy of a Hit: The Encore is on the horizon. More, more, more!”—Bill Bentley, The Morton Report, on Marc Myers' Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop
Posted 10.31.16: Parade Magazine: "We all know how important music is, and can be. Now find out about the stories behind five decades of songs that changed and shaped the world—or at least the movements of pop culture—in Marc Myer's terrific Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop (Grove Press). Hop aboard the literary jukebox and find out the back stories of the Isley Brothers' 'Shout,' The Kinks' 'You Really Got Me,' Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love,' Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way,' Merle Haggard's 'Big City,' R.E.M's 'Losing My Religion' and many other familiar tunes from the artists who wrote and recorded them.
Posted 10.31.16: "The essays here are unapologetically and refreshingly opinionated. Moreover, Amar supports his opinions with the scrupulous attention to method and evidence that only a scholar of his caliber could muster…. The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era hits hard; what is more, it dares the reader to hit back. In this regard, it showcases scholarship fulfilling its greatest potential: engaging meaningfully and unflinchingly with the world beyond the university in terms intelligible to the layperson... reflecting the capacity of a serious scholar and gifted teacher to educate an audience beyond the lecture hall—to distill complex constitutional questions into terms accessible to inquisitive citizens."—Tara Helfman, The Weekly Standard, on Akhil Amar's The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era, published by Basic Books.
Posted 10.18.16: Booklist on Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop by Marc Myers: “This will entice general readers and music lovers alike. In his introduction, Myers calls the book an 'oral history jukebox,' and popular-music fans everywhere will want to be ready with a pocketful of dimes.”
Posted 10.04.16: A starred Booklist review for One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern buy R. Howard Bloch: “The biography of a person and a great book, this is altogether extraordinary.”
Posted 09.07.16: Two starred reviews for Akhil Amar's The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era: "Bringing an unusually informed and cool head to the tumult accompanying unfolding events, Amar performs a valuable service for his fellow citizens."—Kirkus Reviews “Impressively, Amar presents a panoramic view of recent history through the lens of Constitutional interpretation. Moreover, he accomplishes this in layman's language, so that his insights are accessible to general readers. Indeed, Amar's professed intent is to educate journalists on Constitutional issues, and he succeeds unequivocally, explaining what's at stake in landmark cases.”—Library Journal
Posted 08.26.16: “No Child Left Alone: Getting the Government Out of Parenting has surely been the most anxiety-producing read at the beach this summer. While my fellow vacationers splashed through the mass-market fiction list, I dove beneath the deep waves of bureaucratic overreach and regulatory aggression…while enjoying Abby W. Schachter's timely exposé of public intrusion into private childrearing.... No Child Left Alone combines a readable tone with moral outrage at the absurdities of overbearing governance.... Schachter's genius is for—and this book is propelled by—the perfectly chosen example…. On page after page, readers are left with the same frustrating question: How did we, an ostensibly free people, get here?”—Graham Hillard, The Weekly Standard
Posted 08.19.16: Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel is the #1 New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller!
Posted 08.19.16: “For more than 60 years, students of Greek drama have turned to the University of Chicago Press's 'The Complete Greek Tragedies.' Now, like Sparta challenging Athens, two classics scholars are setting out to topple the long-time incumbent of Greek drama. Next week, Penguin Random House's Modern Library is publishing Mary Lefkowitz and James Romm's The Greek Plays: Sixteen Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, with the goal of becoming the new go-to edition for students and devotees of the classics.”—Eben Shapiro in today's Wall Street Journal
Posted 08.11.16: On the New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Best Seller list at #5: Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer.
Posted 08.11.16: “Author Raymond Gantter wrote Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II between September 1944 and June 1949, died in 1985, yet it was only finally published in 1997 at the behest of his estate. It's a good thing, too…. That it's a tale to read and re-read is easy to declare; that it has much to say even 70 years hence about every era's wars and soldiers is what makes it a deserving classic.”—Frank Winn, Guns & Gear Editor, America's 1st Freedom
Posted 08.04.16: “If you wish to understand the terrorist attacks sweeping the world, there's no better place to start than The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies by Michael T. Flynn and Michael A. Ledeen. With terrorist attacks in past months all over the world, including Orlando, Nice, and Baghdad, it's imperative that average Americans know what is going on, who is behind these crimes, and what we can do to stop them. This is a book that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should read and give to their military advisers. In a few months, one of them will be president, and the burden to defend America will be on his or her shoulders…. The book contains bad news and good news. The bad news is that we are in a real war against clever and committed enemies, and we are in danger of losing. The good news is that if our leaders have the will, the plan, and the financial commitment, then America can win. The course of history depends on the next president.”—Diana Furchtgott-Roth, The National Review
Posted 08.03.16: Just published in paperback and on the New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Best Seller list at #6: Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer. And #10 on the E-Book Best Seller list.
Posted 07.27.16: The #1 Washington Post Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller: The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies by Michael T. Flynn and Michael A. Ledeen
Posted 07.26.16: On the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller list of August 7, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies by Michael T. Flynn and Michael A. Ledeen is #13 as well as #9 on the e-book list and #14 on combined-e-and-print.
Posted 07.23.16: A tweet from the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies by Michael T. Flynn and Michael A. Ledeen: