In the News, July 2016
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:
Posted 07.22.16: On Publishers Weekly's nonfiction bestseller list at #9: 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 07.21.16: On the New York Times Best Seller list of July 31: 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 07.21.16: Now out in paperback: "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer was on the New York Times bestseller list for 12 weeks last year.... It tells the story of how Bill and Hillary Clinton made an estimated $229,319,855 between the time they left the White House in 2001 and 2014.... It's a powerful story of money-grubbing and sleaze."—The Weekly Standard
Posted 07.16.16: “The fact that Trump has brought retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn onto his national security team is a very positive sign. Flynn, along with just a few other senior military leaders, has demonstrated a deep understanding of the security challenges that terrorist, criminal and insurgent networks pose to the nations of the world.... If Trump is elected president in November, then Flynn's vision of building networks to fight enemy networks will no doubt get a big boost from the new commander in chief. After 15 years of floundering in military and security policy, this would make for a very welcome, much needed change. If Hillary Clinton wins the election, I suggest that she take a long look at Flynn as well. The country needs his sort of ideas.”—John Arquilla, San Francisco Chronicle, on the author of 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 07.10.16: “As a former intelligence officer, I highly recommend this book. The author provides a clear picture of the current threats America is now facing and will continue to face if we do not seek the truth from our leadership. If political correctness outweighs the importance of eliminating the real threat of radical Islam and the enemy alliance, the fighting will only continue indefinitely. Radicalized Muslims do not need hugs and love like AG Lynch recently suggested. Americans deserve to know the truth about legitimate threats and not have it censored for our own protection. We can no longer continue the charade of false success in the war against radical Islam and its allies.”—Desiree Huitt, SOFREP News (Special Operations Forces Report) on 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 07.10.16: "Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior stands above two dozen previous biographies on MacArthur due to Herman's well-researched, balanced evaluation. He has drawn upon vast sources.... Engaging throughout and significant in capturing the brilliance of a man whose vision helped define the United States in the 20th century and beyond." — Stephen L. Moore, The Dallas Morning News
Posted 06.26.16: “Six Books the Next U.S. President Must Read: #5. 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. In a straightforward, no-nonsense assessment of the Islamist global insurgency and how to crush it, General Mike Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Michael Ledeen, a scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, collaborated on this 2016 book that takes the challenge head-on. Americans want a president that takes defeating America's enemies seriously. If they know their president is reading this, they'll know that person is on the job.”—The National Interest
Posted 06.19.16: The Wall Street Journal weekend feature review is Joseph Epstein on Everything Explained That Is Explainable: On the Creation of the Encyclopaedia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition by Denis Boyles: “In a highly readable style, nicely seasoned with occasional ironic touches, Denis Boyles limns the intricate business negotiations that went into the creation of the Eleventh Edition…. Mr. Boyles provides excellent portraits of the key figures responsible for the 19th- and early-20th-century editions of Britannica. His last chapter is given over to the Eleventh's mishandling, owing to its having been a work of its time, of such key, and in our day super-sensitive, subjects as Women, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Arabs and its difficulties with Catholic and Protestant readers. None of this finally diminishes the overall accomplishment that is Encyclopaedia Britannica's Eleventh Edition.”
Posted 06.16.16: "The brilliant, crusading Brandeis is the subject of Jeffrey Rosen's excellent Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet…. A concise and sympathetic exploration of Brandeis's main intellectual causes. It is well titled…. It is also well timed: Mr. Rosen persuasively makes his case that recognizing Brandeis as an 'American prophet' ‘seems more important today than ever.'"—Adam Cohen, The New York Times
Posted 06.09.16: Senator Joseph Lieberman on 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 forthcoming July 12th: "The Field of Fight is a book worth reading by anyone concerned about the future security of America. It is both an engaging personal memoir by a great American soldier and military intelligence officer, General Mike Flynn, and a strategic plan by General Flynn of how to win the global war against radical Islam and its big power supporters. The leaders of the next American administration would benefit from reading The Field of Fight."
Posted 06.08.16: From reviews of Everything Explained That Is Explainable: On the Creation of the Encyclopaedia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition by Denis Boyles, just published by Knopf: “Boyles brings to life a rollicking saga of outlandish schemes, copyright theft, lawsuits, buyouts, and bankruptcies.”–The American Scholar “Enthralling business history.”—The Washington Post “A well-researched, brightly told history of the men and women who saved a great compendium of knowledge.”—Kirkus Reviews
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.)
Posted 03.22.16: “The problem of consciousness sits at the heart of neuroscience, and it is into this question that Yale computer-science professor David Gelernter steps with his fascinating The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness.… Gelernter is an expert on artificial intelligence, and this book is an interesting and unexpected departure for him.... He shows a lovely deference not to neuroimaging or computers but to the pen...the technique allows him to paint a rich portrait of different modes of thinking, something like Proust's masterly descriptions of the workings of memory.”—David Eagleman, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 03.16.16: A starred review in Publishers Weekly for 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: “In this captivating narrative history, McNamara reveals the obscure yet grand story of how a small, motley, and hastily organized army ushered in the founding of the nation of Czechoslovakia…. McNamara proves to be a great storyteller as he very effectively weaves together newly translated firsthand accounts of Czech-Slovak soldiers with secondary historical sources.”
Posted 03.08.16: “David Gelernter has designed a creative metaphysics for the digital age.”—Mara Delius, Die Welt
Posted 03.04.16: “Sometimes it takes an expert to recognize when expertise is not enough. In his preface to The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness, David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale, explains how for years he tried to answer crucial questions about the nature of consciousness through computer modeling. But while computation can ape reasonably well our rational thought, he argues, what makes us human is our capacity to move up and down a spectrum of consciousness, from the crisp attention we feel when wide awake to the aimless associative states of drowsiness and daydreaming.... Gelernter employs not algorithms but introspection, personal reflection, and an engagement with a broad range of literary sources.… Gelernter's explorations of self make for rewarding reading.”—Kathryn Tabb, The American Scholar
Posted 02.29.16: "A fascinating new book by Yale computer scientist David Gelernter also sees literature as a vast and largely untapped source of evidence for understanding the intricacies of human cognition. In The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness, Gelernter marshals evidence from psychological and scientific research as well as the works of Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Ernest Hemingway, J.M. Coetzee and many others to advance a new paradigm for the study of human consciousness. It's an astonishingly ambitious book, beautifully written and ultimately persuasive."—Nick Romeo in The Chicago Tribune on David Gelernter's The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness just published by Norton