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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)

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David Lehman Playlist: A Poem University of Pittsburgh Press (April 2019)

In the News, May 2021

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 03.23.21:  Finalist for a 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 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...”