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David A. Price Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age Alfred A. Knopf (June 2021)

Akhil Reed Amar The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840 Basic Books (May 2021)

R. James Woolsey and Ion Mihai Pacepa Operation Dragon: Inside the Kremlin's Secret War on America Encounter Books (February 2021)

Harold Bloom The Bright Book of Life: Novels to Read and Reread Alfred A. Knopf (November 2020)

Stephen Bates An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Niebuhr, and the Committee That Redefined Freedom of the Press Yale University Press (October 2020)

Harold Bloom Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death Yale University Press (October 2020)

David Lehman Best American Poetry 2020: Guest Editor, Paisley Rekdal Scribner (September 2020)

William N. Eskridge, Jr. and Christopher R. Riano Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws Yale University Press (August 2020)

Abigail Shrier Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters Regnery (June 2020)

Nicholas A. Basbanes Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Alfred A. Knopf (June 2020)

Sally Shaywitz, M.D. and Jonathan Shaywitz, M.D. Overcoming Dyslexia: Second Edition, Completely Revised and Updated Alfred A. Knopf (March 2020)

Jonathan D. Horn Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle Scribner (February 2020)

Ruth R. Wisse Jews and Power Schocken Books (February 2020)

Diane Ravitch Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools Alfred A. Knopf (January 2020)

Peter Schweizer Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite HarperCollins (January 2020)

Ilya I. Feoktistov Terror in the Cradle of Liberty: How Boston Became a Center for Islamic Extremism Encounter Books (November 2019)

David Lehman One Hundred Autobiographies: A Memoir Cornell University Press (October 2019)

Michael Barone How America's Political Parties Change (and How They Don't) Encounter Books (October 2019)

Douglas Crase The Revisionist and The Astropastorals: Collected Poems Nightboat Books (October 2019)

Marty Makary, M.D. The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care—and How to Fix It Bloomsbury (September 2019)

David Lehman Best American Poetry 2019: Guest Editor, Major Jackson Scribner (September 2019)

Harvey Klehr The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr Encounter Books (July 2019)

Harold Bloom Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism Alfred A. Knopf (April 2019)

David Brooks The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life Random House (April 2019)

Harold Bloom Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind Scribner (April 2019)

In the News, August 2021

Posted 07.30.21:  A starred Kirkus review for The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix by Howard Markel: "A medical historian offers a new history of one of the 20th century's most significant scientific quests.... Markel, a Guggenheim fellow and professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, has written one of the best.... A brilliant addition to the literature on the history of biological discovery."
Posted 07.27.21:  Publishers Weekly on The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix by Howard Markel: “One of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century was also the scientific heist of the century, according to this action-packed history.... Markel skillfully explains the knotty science behind the breakthrough and highlights the clash of outsize personalities.... Tart, sharp-eyed prose....This wonderfully evocative tale sings.”
Posted 07.14.21:  “In Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age, David A. Price convincingly recounts a heroic and tragic tale.... Price gives us a narrative worthy of James Bond. There is a grand buildup of tension and the race against time to get the code cracked. And there is the team's pride when then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits Bletchley, finds Turing sitting on the floor surrounded by papers, and realizes how brilliant the team is.”—Janine di Giovanni, Foreign Policy
Posted 07.01.21:  Eileen M. Hunt in the Times Literary Supplement on The Bright Book of Life: Novels to Read and Reread and Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader's Mind over a Universe of Death by Harold Bloom: "With his unparalleled expertise in poetry of the modern British and American traditions paired with his fading health, Bloom knew all too well that the candle burns brightly at both ends.... Everything was an allusion for Bloom in the end, yet nothing – especially not the wisdom of literature – was wholly illusory. In Take Arms against a Sea of Troubles and The Bright Book of Life, he shows his readers how even literary criticism must be decoded like a dramatic poem or a novel before we can consume it, straight-up, as a sharp and sometimes bitter history of the writer. The final philosophical paradox of Harold Bloom's oeuvre is that we are all collectively made and individually disclosed by our literary sources."
Posted 06.30.21:  The New Yorker on Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price: "Colossus, the first digital, electronic computer, was developed by British intelligence during the Second World War, to decipher encrypted messages between Hitler and his generals. This history places the famous achievements of the computer scientist Alan Turing alongside the work of his mentor Max Newman and of Tommy Flowers, the engineer who designed the machine. Price describes the complexity of the codes produced by Germany's cipher machines and recounts Colossus's triumph in obtaining military intelligence before the Normandy landings. Noting that Colossus marked the beginning of the digital age, Price observes that it was the product 'not of impersonal forces but of the joining of extraordinary individuals within an extraordinary institution.'"
Posted 06.24.21:  “Akhil Reed Amar's fascinating book The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840 [is] a masterly synthesis of history and law, Mr. Amar's tome delivers, as the author describes it, a wide-angled, multigenerational narrative of ‘the American constitutional project.' Revolutionary America is remembered for its physical action: ‘bullets flew, tea chests splashed, cannons roared.' Yet, Mr. Amar argues, that's only half the story. ‘A cannon can roar but it cannot speak.' Listening in on the Founding Fathers, Mr. Amar traces ‘America's constitutional conversation' from 1760 to 1840.... Readers of The Words That Made Us will rightly marvel at its breadth and depth and at Mr. Amar's scholarly acumen. Sequel volumes—covering 1840 to 1920 and 1920 to 2000—are planned, making for a constitutional trilogy.”—Mark G. Spencer, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 06.17.21:  A New York Times Paperback Bestseller! Marty Makary's The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care—and How to Fix It. As Booklist wrote in a starred review: "He found that working Americans feel that the system is stacked against them; it seems that they're right. He also critiques the workplace 'wellness' industry, with experts unnecessarily screening healthy people, leading to 'false positives and harmful medical procedures.' Consider this book a powerful call to action for more information about health costs and for restoring the 'noble mission' of treating everyone with fairness and dignity."
Posted 06.02.21:  A starred review from Library Journal for Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price: “Price puts his expertise in history and technology to excellent use in his latest book. Following the exploits of the motley collection of geniuses installed at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, he weaves a superb narrative, at once compelling and relatable, about the technological innovations used to break the Nazis' many military and police codes and ciphers. In this book, the code breakers come to life as people grappling with personal conflicts and politics while working together (and sometimes against each other) in the relatively egalitarian environment at Bletchley.... VERDICT: Incredibly well-written and well-researched, this fast-paced book reads like a novel. Highly recommended.”
Posted 05.21.21:  "Every once in a while a book comes along that can simultaneously enlighten and engross you by taking a seemingly esoteric subject and turning it into an absorbing page-turner. Professor Amar has penned a marvelous tale of how our uniquely American Constitution came to be and the larger than life characters that conceived, gave birth, and nurtured our system of self-government.... The chapters seem to fly by with Professor Amar's engaging and conversational writing style along with his incisive and balanced analysis of the critical events, people, and documents that made America not merely a collection of states, but truly the United States of America"—Jerry Lenaburg, New York Journal of Books, on The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840 by Akhil Reed Amar
Posted 05.20.21:  Winner of the 2021 Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association! Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws by William N. Eskridge, Jr. and Christopher R. Riano: "A comprehensive account of the long struggle for same-sex marriage.... A compelling narrative....The work is beautifully and accessibly written.... An essential work."—Library Journal
Posted 05.04.21:  “Akhil Reed Amar, the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, explores this territory brilliantly in The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840, his deeply probing, highly readable study.... The book has a generous spirit that can be a much-needed balm in these troubled times.”—Adam Cohen, The New York Times
Posted 04.29.21:  On The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840 by Akhil Reed Amar: "Consider the magnitude of Amar's achievement. He has written a book both popular and learned, one that is fast-paced enough to hold the attention of the general reader and yet makes enough new points about fundamental matters to engage the serious scholar. And it comes a critical time. Amar shows why the Founding and the early republic deserve our continued respect even if many of the great men responsible for its creation had flaws of character and moral blind spots, as do we all. It a book not only of a scholar but a patriot. If widely read, it may make the difficulty of finding appropriate professional historians to teach our children less of a threat to our common future." — John O. McGinnis, Law & Liberty
Posted 04.27.21:  A starred review from Library Journal for The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840 by Akhil Reed Amar: “This first volume of a proposed trilogy about the U.S. Constitution (each book to treat an 80-year span) sweeps forward from 1760 to 1840 in an audacious review of the Constitution's origins, growth, development, and implementation, and the experiences and exchanges that produced its core principles and precedents.... Amar's original work offers general readers an accessible and often entertaining narrative and lessons to glean from the founding document of the United States.”
Posted 04.12.21:  A starred review from Kirkus Reviews for Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price: “Page-turning.... Price delivers a fascinating account.... He tells a terrific story. An entertaining history of brilliant minds at work against the Nazi behemoth.”
Posted 03.23.21:  Winner of the 2021 Goldsmith Book Prize! An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Niebuhr, and the Committee That Redefined Freedom of the Press by Stephen Bates has won the Goldsmith Book Prize, which is awarded to a book "that best fulfills the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics and public policy."
Posted 03.08.21:  "Harold Bloom's final books reflect one of the most personal and distilled versions of the moral code that sustained his idea of poetic thinking as the highest path to universal truth.... It is not difficult to see why this belief, which Bloom has repeated in one way or another for decades, has found so much resonance outside the academy, where there is still a community of readers seeking truth and solace in reading."—Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado in the Los Angeles Review of Books on The Bright Book of Life: Novels to Read and Reread and Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader's Mind over a Universe of Death by Harold Bloom
Posted 03.06.21:  A starred review from Publishers Weekly for The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840 by Akhil Reed Amar: “The U.S. collectively talked and wrote its way into being, according to this dazzling constitutional history…. Amar ties searching constitutional analysis into a gripping narrative of war, popular tumults, political intrigue, and even fashion, highlighted by vivid profiles of statesmen…. The result is a fresh, invigorating take on America's founding that puts epic deliberation at the heart of democracy.”
Posted 02.18.21:  A starred review from Kirkus Reviews for The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760–1840 by Akhil Reed Amar: “A page-turning doorstop history of how early American courts and politicians interpreted the Constitution. A Yale professor of law and political science, Amar has written numerous books on constitutional matters. In his latest excellent analysis, the author…delivers a fascinating, often jolting interpretation…. Brilliant insights into America's founding document.”
Posted 01.26.21:  "Harold Bloom was the formidable Yale professor...whose massive and magisterial if quirky Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is the finest one-volume assessment of the plays at our disposal."—Robert Gottlieb, The New York Times Book Review
Posted 01.26.21:  "Here's what The Bright Book of Life: Novels to Read and Reread isn't: It isn't a handy list of the 50 or 100 novels 'you must read before you die.' Nor is it a collection of painless expositions of 'the world's greatest works of fiction.' Nor is it an introduction to the world's greatest writers. It's a series of meditations on what Bloom believes to be the most important novels we have, and it takes for granted that its readers already know the books under consideration; in other words, that they have already absorbed 'the canon,' and are eager to reconsider it later in their lives. For those with the rage for reading and rereading, it is something of a feast; for others, it will be daunting.... Harold Bloom is not only a master educator, he has been a central figure in today's culture wars. As early as 1994, in his book The Western Canon — a book I wholeheartedly recommend — he is wading into battle to save the academy from what he challengingly labels the School of Resentment. His argument is dense, difficult, but in my view irrefutable. And although he is not optimistic, he has not abandoned hope."—Robert Gottlieb, The New York Times Book Review

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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...”