In the News, September 2022
Posted 09.23.22: “The book is, essentially, a love letter to the items in its subtitle: ‘Crime, detection, and the spirit of noir.'...The real originality of this book lies less in its critical comments than in its creativity. Lehman, who is also a poet, includes poems, his own and others', inspired by or imitating noir.... As if conversing with another aficionado, he compares favourite actors and moments, repeats favourite wisecracks and tries to recreate the pleasure of the initial experience. In his casual way he also sparks ideas.... Most readers will, like me, know fewer than half of the books and films discussed here, and will want to hunt down the ones that sound most interesting.... How often does a critical book actually make one want to read the books it discusses?”—Lois Potter in The Times Literary Supplement on The Mysterious Romance of Murder: Crime, Detection, and the Spirit of Noir by David Lehman
Posted 06.02.22: "On the evidence of Lehman's body of work, and never more so than in this collection, here is a guy who really knows how to live. In The Morning Line, he seems more than ever besotted with the world's abundance, sensory, cerebral, emotional.... Here is a book filled with as many experiences, reflections, observations, songs, poets, other people—past to present—poetic styles, and things, as a single poetry collection can hold."—Suzanne Lummis, Another Chicago Magazine
Posted 05.06.22: “David Lehman's The Mysterious Romance of Murder: Crime, Detection, and the Spirit of Noir surveys fiction, film, poetry and music. As one might expect from this distinguished poet and versatile man of letters, his sprightly new book isn't just deeply knowledgeable, it's also a lot of fun.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
Posted 04.09.22: "Matthew Continetti's The Right: The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism paints a messier, and for that reason far more accurate, portrait of 20th- and 21st-century American conservatism.... Continetti puts it this way: ‘There is not one American Right; there are several.' His chronicle follows both the intellectuals and party elites, on the one hand, and ordinary conservative voters and activists, on the other.... Continetti captures beautifully the ad hoc, rearguard nature of American conservatism. Not until the end of the book does he make explicit what becomes clearer as the narrative moves forward: ‘Over the course of the past century, conservatism has risen up to defend the essential moderation of the American political system against liberal excess. Conservatism has been there to save liberalism from weakness, woolly-headedness, and radicalism.'"—Barton Swaim, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 03.05.22: Still the #1 New York Times bestseller! Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win by Peter Schweizer: “Schweizer's two years of research calculates that the Biden family reaped some $31 million from Chinese business executives with ties to the upper ranks of Chinese intelligence. Schweizer also packs some other startling revelations into fewer than 250 pages. The ‘elite' whom he says are profiting enormously from America's decline include big names of Silicon Valley, banking and investment firms, colleges and universities and — of course — government. And neither party has clean hands, Schweizer says.”—Bill Cotterell, Tallahassee Democrat
Posted 02.20.22: “There have been many books written about Bletchley Park, code breaking and the birth of computers. Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price is a fresh take and an excellent overview if you are new to the topic or just need a refresher.... This account of their challenges and race against time reads like a thrilling suspense novel. It is perfect reading for a cold winter day.”—The Waterloo (Canada) Record
Posted 01.24.22: The #1 New York Times bestseller! Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win by Peter Schweizer: “A crucially important book.... Remarkable and eye-opening.... A must-read.... This will blow the roof off!”—Mark Levin on Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win by Peter Schweizer. The nation's leading nonpartisan investigative journalist, Schweizer is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, including Profiles in Corruption, Secret Empires, Clinton Cash, and Throw Them All Out.
Posted 01.03.22: Former President Barack Obama named The Last Duel as one of his "favorite movies of 2021"—the film from Eric Jager's The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France: "Breathes astonishing vigor, realism and a remarkable modernity into a celebrated trial by combat.... A taut page-turner with all the hallmarks of a good historical thriller: superb pacing, plot twists, dramatic tension and a fully fleshed cast of characters.... The nail-biting narration of the duel itself and its tragic aftermath sets in motion the outlawing of judicial duels, one death-knell in the demise of the feudal world that allowed the highest degree of civility to coexist with the coldest cruelties. Jager's spectacularly rendered portrait of the end of an era desperately in need of approaching Renaissance is not a glimpse into the past but an enriching total immersion."—Orlando Sentinel
Posted 12.21.21: Billboard on Rock Concert: An Oral History as Told by the Artists, Backstage Insiders, and Fans Who Were There by Marc Myers: “Tracks both the cultural and financial growth of the concert business.... The oral history format of the book provides readers a rare opportunity for the men and women of the concert business to tell their stories in their own voices, with new details about famous counter culture moments.... Fascinating and very detailed anecdotes.... Rock Concert is a honest, introspective book about a business badly in need of people of Myers's caliber—he is an awarding winning music journalist, historian and author—to ensure that the history of the live music business is preserved in compelling works of history like Rock Concert.”—Dave Brooks, Billboard
Posted 12.01.21: “Victor Davis Hanson's The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America weaves a rich definition of citizenship into his discussion of the current threats to this profoundly Western idea.... Hanson's writing is invariably enlightening because of his remarkable blend of timeliness and erudition.... No other writer is this prolific and consistently penetrating.” —Terry Scambray, American Thinker
Posted 11.24.21: Chosen as “Best Nonfiction Books of the Year” by Kirkus Reviews! Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price (“Incredibly well-written and well-researched, this fast-paced book reads like a novel. Highly recommended.”) and The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix by Howard Markel (“A brilliant addition to the literature on the history of biological discovery.”)
Posted 11.22.21: “Admirers are already aware of his skills in getting stories out of people via his Anatomy of a Song deep-dive columns for The Wall Street Journal or his verbal breakdowns of the same on the SiriusXM ‘Feedback' program. Now, he turns his attention to the history, the development, and the impact of the live experience.... The list of Marc Myers' sources...is too lengthy to mention, but suffice to say they offer many tales, reflections and anecdotes that haven't appeared in any other book or documentary. Every page offers a new revelation. Even more fascinating is how the book chronicles the evolution of the business.... Rock Concert: An Oral History as Told by the Artists, Backstage Insiders, and Fans Who Were There is one of the best books on music to come out recently, and its pure first-person, direct quote narrative is the ideal format.” — Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press
Posted 11.19.21: "Much has been written about James Watson's and Francis Crick's 'borrowing' of Rosalind Franklin's research into the structure of DNA. Howard Markel — physician, professor and gifted writer — tells the story again, setting scenes and shrewdly capturing the character and motivations of the central players.... Markel makes the gist and implication of these matters very clear, and his depiction of the clash of personalities is superb."—Katherine A. Powers, The Washington Post, on The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix by Howard Markel
Posted 11.13.21: Library Journal on Purchasing Submission: Conditions, Power, and Freedom by Philip Hamburger "Hamburger explores federally mandated 'conditions'—that is to say, requirements imposed by the U.S. government on people and organizations in exchange for funding or other privileges.... Hamburger argues that these conditions violate constitutional rights, with little to no recourse for Americans.... Hamburger clearly and convincingly describes the problem and its impact.... A must-read for scholars concerned with government overreach."
Posted 11.12.21: The Wall Street Journal on Victor Davis Hanson's The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America: "Mr. Hanson, an accomplished classicist and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is one of the great amalgamators of American political writing. He has a particular gift for bringing together a dizzying array of events, controversies and ideas and making sense of them by advancing a coherent argument that incorporates thousands of years of history.... Mr. Hanson hits hard, but I don't find his analysis unfair or partisan. There is enormous value, moreover, in thinking about toxic political developments not as problems of the moment but as destructive pathologies to which all societies are prone at all times."—Barton Swaim
Posted 11.11.21: Four weeks on the New York Times Paperback Best Seller list! Eric Jager's The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France: "Thanks to the skillful recreation and meticulous research by author Eric Jager, in a story told here for the first time, medieval men and women come alive in scenes straight from today's tabloid headlines—and thensome.... A human drama made all the more thrilling for the fact that it is truth, not fiction.""
Posted 10.27.21: Eric Jager's The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France is #10 on the New York Times Paperback Best Seller list: "Sex, savagery, and high-level political maneuvers energize a splendid piece of popular history."
Posted 10.20.21: A New York Times Best Seller! Eric Jager's The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France is #11 on the paperback list: "Breathes astonishing vigor, realism and a remarkable modernity into a celebrated trial by combat.... A taut page-turner with all the hallmarks of a good historical thriller: superb pacing, plot twists, dramatic tension and a fully fleshed cast of characters.... An enriching total immersion."
Posted 10.20.21: Eric Jager's book joins Victor Davis Hanson's The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Posted 10.14.21: A New York Times Best Seller! Victor Davis Hanson's The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America is #7 on the hardcover nonfiction list and #6 on the combined print and e-book nonfiction list!