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John Yoo Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare Oxford University Press (April 2014)

Bob Ivry The Seven Sins of Wall Street: Big Banks, Their Washington Lackeys, and the Next Financial Crisis PublicAffairs (March 2014)

A. R. Ammons An Image for Longing: Selected Letters and Journals, Ommateum to Sphere ELS Monographs (March 2014)

James S. Romm Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero Alfred A. Knopf (March 2014)

Eric Jager Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris Little, Brown and Co. (February 2014)

Gov. Scott Walker and Marc A. Thiessen Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge Sentinel (November 2013)

David Lehman New and Selected Poems Scribner (November 2013)

Arthur Herman The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization Random House (October 2013)

Peter Schweizer Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 2013)

Terry Teachout Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington Gotham Books (October 2013)

Nicholas A. Basbanes On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History Alfred A. Knopf (October 2013)

Michael Barone Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics Crown (October 2013)

Diane Ravitch Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools Alfred A. Knopf (September 2013)

David Lehman Best American Poetry 2013: Guest Editor, Denise Duhamel Scribner (September 2013)

Christina Hoff Sommers The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies Are Harming Our Young Men—New and Revised Edition Simon & Schuster (August 2013)

In the News, July 2014

Posted 07.18.14:  David Lehman's foreword to the Best American Poetry 2014 is featured as the centerfold essay in this Sunday's New York Times Book Review, "Sing to Me, O Muse (But Keep It Brief)".
Posted 07.07.14:  “Romm gives us a fresh and empathetic exploration…a robust framework for his quest about the truth of Seneca…. He does not judge Seneca with hindsight, but inhabits his life as it plays out. There are subtle and sympathetic observations…. But when there is analysis, it brings real clarity. Indeed there are moments of brilliance. The philosophical torment of the later years and the drama of Seneca's tripartite death once Nero turned against him are dealt with masterfully…. Romm reminds us that we need to care about Seneca—he is a touchstone for the modern world.”—Bettany Hughes in the New York Times Book Review on Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero by James Romm.
Posted 06.26.14:  Film/TV rights to James Romm's gripping history Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire have been optioned by James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment.
Posted 05.21.14:  Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero is “a splendid and incisive historical page-turner. James Romm crafts a tale of intrigue, deception and intractable captivity to the political machine. This is how history should be written: vivid storytelling springing to life at a master's touch…. In the end, Romm's narrative proves so compelling precisely because he concentrates on character, combining erudite scholarship with a novelist's flair for telling detail.”—Arlice Davenport, The Wichita Eagle
Posted 05.20.14:  “Jager is a fine writer attuned to the details that bring medieval France to life…we're galloping madly across the rise of kings and the fall of cities.”—Charles Graeber, The New York Times Book Review, on Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris
Posted 05.05.14:  Terry Teachout is the winner of a 2014 Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which offers awards each year to as many as four individuals for their distinguished contributions to American institutions. The award comes with a cash prize of $250,000 and will be presented in Washington, D.C., on June 18. Terry Teachout is the author of many distinguished books, including Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken, All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine, and City Limits: Memories of a Small-Town Boy.
Posted 04.30.14:  "Altogether, a very fascinating account, sometimes grisly, but typical of the times."—Kendall Wild in the Rutland Vermont Herald on Eric Jager's Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris
Posted 04.23.14:  "Mr. Romm's sustained reading of Seneca's works in their historical context breathes welcome (Roman) life into them. This is no mean accomplishment…. Mr. Romm is a fluent writer, and Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero is a fast-paced read."—Christopher B. Krebs, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 04.17.14:  One of “Ten Brilliant Books That Grab You From Page One” Kirkus Reviews names Eric Jager's Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris
Posted 04.15.14:  The New Yorker reviews Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero by James Romm in this week's issue: "Romm adeptly expounds the puzzle of the philosopher's life: Seneca, revered for centuries as a pristine moral voice, was despised by many contemporaries as a hypocritical, profiteering lackey. He was Nero's tutor, got rich serving in the Emperor's degraded regime, and may have hoped to be emperor himself. In Nero's purge of the aristocracy, he stood by, then killed himself when death seemed inevitable. Stoicism has a power that outlasted Seneca and Nero; but where, Romm asks, is the line between peace and perversity, complacency and complicity?"
Posted 04.08.14:  Logan Beirne is the winner of the 2014 William E. Colby Award for his book, Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency. The Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs.
Posted 04.07.14:  Nicholas Basbanes's On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History is one of three finalists short-listed for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction awarded by the American Library Association.
Posted 04.01.14:  "The next crash will fall like the recent landslide in Washington state, where a 1999 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study warned of the risks of a 'large catastrophic failure.' And then it happened. In the next crash, when you hear someone claiming that it wasn't foreseeable, remember a new book by award-winning financial reporter Bob Ivry: The Seven Sins of Wall Street: Big Banks, Their Washington Lackeys, and the Next Financial Crisis. In it, he details the many financial crimes that have occurred not before but after the 2008 financial crisis. He writes about too-big-to-fail banks only becoming larger. He writes about private-equity firms buying up foreclosed homes, turning them into rentals and then issuing bonds on the revenue streams—schemes that sound like 2004 all over again. He writes about wrongful foreclosures and the economic squeeze on ordinary Americans. Mr. Ivry claims this is all quite deliberate: 'We called it a financial crisis, but what happened in 2008 was really a leveraged buyout of the United States.' He claims things have only gotten worse. The nation is now more in debt, and its people are now more impoverished, making America more vulnerable to the next big crash."—Al Lewis, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 03.20.14:  "In a vague sort of way, most people are aware that Wall Street crashed the economy and rode out of town scot-free, collecting unimaginably huge bonuses along the way. But vagueness breeds passivity. Fortunately, we now have Bob Ivry's The Seven Sins of Wall Street: Big Banks, Their Washington Lackeys, and the Next Financial Crisis as an indispensable guide for tracking down live villains and unburied bodies. By the time you reach the end, all the sheer fury anyone with the merest flutter of a moral pulse felt back in 2008 and 2009 at the sight of bankers and their apologists blaming the cratering of the global economy on 'people buying houses they couldn't afford' wells up again, white hot."—Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine
Posted 03.19.14:  Nicholas Basbanes's On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History has been long-listed for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, which recognizes the best nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. Choice magazine's review in its March issue said, "Basbanes has produced a significant treatment of paper as a phenomenon…. The book is a pleasant, personal survey and travelogue treating the history of paper—its invention, production, and travel through centuries, common and special uses, and current resurgence of its role in society…. The author's skill ties all this together in a way that keeps the reader reading…. Highly recommended."
Posted 03.19.14:  The Virginia Quarterly Review has awarded David Lehman the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry for his translation of Apollinaire's “Zone.” The award is a VQR staff decision regarding the best work of poetry published in its pages in the preceding year. The translation appeared in the Spring 2013 issue.
Posted 03.16.14:  "Fans of true crime and procedural mysteries will find special pleasure in Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris…. Jager, a professor of medieval studies at UCLA and the author of several popular histories set in this era, is spare and meticulous in sifting his evidence. The pleasure of his narrative—and the devil that points to the duke's killer—lies in the details of daily life in Paris in the early 1400s: the topography of the streets, the particulars of renting a house, and what it took to secure water for a band of horses. What Jager conveys so memorably here is the night atmosphere of medieval Paris—the walls within walls, the angling, unlit streets where a galloping troop of men can rouse an entire neighborhood—and a few streets later melt into darkness."—David Walton, Dallas Morning News
Posted 03.12.14:  Terry Teachout's Duke is one of six finalists for the $10,000 Marfield Prize, an annual award presented by the Arts Club of Washington.
Posted 03.12.14:  Kirkus Reviews on The Seven Sins of Wall Street: Big Banks, Their Washington Lackeys, and the Next Financial Crisis by Bob Ivry: "A reporter for Bloomberg News, no enemy of capitalism, reads a fiduciary riot act to the bankers and hedge fund managers of the world…. Ivry's larger message is to show how these sins fuel a scheme in which risk is socialized, spread out among the taxpayers, while profit is most definitely privatized, kept out of the hands of the people who made it possible. Ivry writes with high indignation punctuated by occasional light touches, and he has a talent for deconstructing financial jargon. Yet his intent is utterly serious, and his book ought to become a standard text for the Occupy Wall Street and similar movements."
Posted 03.05.14:  We mourn the death of Sherwin B. Nuland, a great man and magnificent writer. His wonderful books include How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter; The Wisdom of the Body / How We Live; The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Reflects on Medical Myths; Lost in America: A Journey with My Father; The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine; The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside; The Doctor's Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis; as well as brief studies of Leonardo da Vinci and Maimonides.

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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...”