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Alan Pell Crawford This Fierce People: The Untold Story of America's Revolutionary War in the South Alfred A. Knopf (July 2024)

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. Origin Story: The Trials of Charles Darwin W.W. Norton & Co. (June 2024)

Victor Davis Hanson The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation Basic Books (May 2024)

Peter Schweizer Blood Money: Why the Powerful Turn a Blind Eye While China Kills Americans HarperCollins (February 2024)

Mary Ann Glendon In the Courts of Three Popes: An American Lawyer and Diplomat in the Last Absolute Monarchy of the West Random House (February 2024)

Michael Barone Mental Maps of the Founders: How Geographic Imagination Guided America’s Revolutionary Leadership Encounter Books (November 2023)

David Lehman The Best American Poetry 2023: Guest Editor, Elaine Equi Scribner (September 2023)

David Lehman The Birth of The Best: The Making of The Best American Poetry Marsh Hawk Press (September 2023)

Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner These Are the Plunderers: How Private Equity Runs—and Wrecks—America Simon & Schuster (May 2023)

Robert Kagan The Ghost at the Feast: America and the Collapse of World Order, 1900-1941 Alfred A. Knopf (January 2023)

Marc Myers Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul Grove Atlantic (December 2022)

David Lehman The Best American Poetry 2022: Guest Editor, Matthew Zapruder Scribner (September 2022)

David Lehman The Mysterious Romance of Murder: Crime, Detection, and the Spirit of Noir Cornell University Press (May 2022)

Matthew Continetti The Right: The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism Basic Books (April 2022)

Peter Schweizer Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win HarperCollins (January 2022)

Mary Lefkowitz and James S. Romm The Greek Histories: The Sweeping History of Ancient Greece as Told by Its First Chroniclers: Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, and Plutarch Random House (January 2022)

Paco Underhill How We Eat: The Brave New World of Food and Drink Simon & Schuster (January 2022)

Robert B. Strassler The Landmark Xenophon's Anabasis Pantheon (December 2021)

Marc Myers Rock Concert: An Oral History as Told by the Artists, Backstage Insiders, and Fans Who Were There Grove Atlantic (November 2021)

Victor Davis Hanson The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America Basic Books (October 2021)

David Lehman The Best American Poetry 2021: Guest Editor, Tracy K. Smith Scribner (September 2021)

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix W. W. Norton & Co. (September 2021)

David Lehman The Morning Line: Poems University of Pittsburgh Press (September 2021)

Philip Hamburger Purchasing Submission: Conditions, Power, and Freedom Harvard University Press (September 2021)

Melanie Kirkpatrick Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman Encounter Books (August 2021)

In the News, July 2024

Posted 07.12.24:  A starred Publishers Weekly review of Blind Spots: When Medicine Gets It Wrong, and What It Means for Our Health by Marty Makary, M.D.: “The medical establishment suffers from a reluctance to re-examine its own beliefs in light of new evidence, according to this impassioned cri de coeur.... The sensational case studies demonstrate the depths of doctors' intransigence, and Makary's clinical experience offers penetrating insights into the psychological mechanisms at play. Incisive and damning, this is a much-needed wake-up call.”
Posted 07.11.24:  Origin Story: The Trials of Charles Darwin by Howard Markel is a New York Times “Editors' Choice”: “Markel, a medical historian, delivers a fresh take on a seminal event in the history of science—the publication of On the Origin of Species—along with lively portraits of the allies and adversaries who debated Darwin's scandalous theory, and, not least, of the naturalist himself, plagued by debilitating illness and, hot on his heels, an equally brilliant competitor.”
Posted 07.04.24:  “Independence Day is a good day to consider how our independence was won. If you're looking for a fresh read on that, I've just finished reading Alan Pell Crawford's new book, This Fierce People: The Untold Story of America's Revolutionary War in the South.... Crawford provides a vivid, page-turning account of those events, rich in memorable characters and dramatic scenes.... Crawford, the author of books such as the aging-Jefferson study Twilight at Monticello, aims to revive the story of the war in the South. As he notes in his introduction, the Civil War and the role of slavery in the South had a good deal to do with why commemoration of these battles and campaigns did not keep pace with those in the North.... We witness the breathtaking bravery and endurance of hardship that characterized amateur soldiers and self-taught officers surviving bayonet charges, forced marches in the snow and blazing heat, wounds dressed without modern medicine, and all manner of untreatable diseases.”—Dan McLaughlin, National Review
Posted 06.28.24:  “Mr. Crawford's account is incisively and carefully written, splendidly paced, and supported by a mine of primary and secondary sources. This Fierce People: The Untold Story of America's Revolutionary War in the South by Alan Pell Crawford is military history in an older tradition, in which the outcomes of great conflicts depend on the foresight, character and courage of individual men. Yet Mr. Crawford, a journalist and historian based in Richmond, Va., doesn't ignore the role of slavery in the ferocity of southern resistance.... Rivetingly related.”—Barton Swaim, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 06.20.24:  A New York Times Bestseller! The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation by Victor Davis Hanson, now many weeks on the list. A "profound book.”—Robert D.Kaplan, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 06.16.24:  “In Origin Story: The Trials of Charles Darwin, Howard Markel, a medical historian (he favors a diagnosis of lactose intolerance as Darwin's primary ailment), details how the scientist came to write his magnum opus, as well as the many trying days he endured on its behalf.... He does capture the pathos and passion of the debate.”—Sam Kean, The New York Times Book Review
Posted 06.03.24:  "Howard Markel, a medical doctor and masterful science chronicler, turns his attention to the time just before Darwin published his world-changing 'Origin of Species'—and just after, when critics blamed its author for unseating God. Wildly entertaining and thoughtful, too."—Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe, on Origin Story: The Trials of Charles Darwin
Posted 05.29.24:  “A vivid re-creation of the Revolutionary War in the American South, a guerrilla-style conflict that paved the way for the British surrender at Yorktown. In this intriguing work of military and social history, Crawford argues convincingly that the South was where ‘the most decisive battles…were fought.' The author mines the historical record to show that the Southern conflict was an exceedingly violent version of a guerrilla war, one that pitted loyalists against revolutionaries at every level of Southern society.... He provides a clear picture of the stark cost of American independence on both sides of the conflict. A clear, coherent, and even suspenseful account of the American Revolution.”—Kirkus Reviews on This Fierce People: The Untold Story of America's Revolutionary War in the South by Alan Pell Crawford
Posted 10.04.23:  "David Friedman's The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, the anarcho-capitalist classic, turns 50 this year, and it's worth revisiting for both its spirit and substance. The book has a chaotic energy.... The most striking thing about The Machinery of Freedom is its cheerful, eclectic optimism. It weaves back and forth between history, politics, and speculative fiction in ways that are enlivening and energizing. Friedman was not the first to make market anarchist arguments, but in the decades that followed the book's publication, they grew in appeal as an alternative to the angry polarization gripping those who preferred to fight over state power."—Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason Magazine, November 2023 "Deserves serious attention...informed by solid and sophisticated economic theory."—James M. Buchanan, Journal of Economic Literature; winner Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 1986
Posted 06.21.23:  "Morgenson and Rosner marshal considerable evidence for their case.... Morgenson is a financial reporter for NBC News and a former business columnist for The Times; Rosner is a financial analyst. [They] set out to explain what private equity is and show the damage it can do. They describe how firms like Apollo Global Management, KKR and the Carlyle Group buy up companies using very little of their own money, load the companies with debt and then squeeze them for profits."—Jennifer Szalai in The New York Times on These Are the Plunderers: How Private Equity Runs—and Wrecks—America by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner
Posted 12.18.22:  "Through an absorbing chronological, song-by-song analysis of the most memorable hits, Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul provides a sweeping look at the evolution of pop music between 1964 and today. This book will change how you listen to music and evaluate the artists who create it."—bookreporter "....This is just a small sample of the wealth of stories contained in Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul by Marc Myers.... The chapters are fairly short, making it an easy read.... Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul is a fantastic addition to any music lovers library."—Joey Williams, Glide Magazine
Posted 12.10.22:  "Matthew Continetti's The Right: The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism is a superb work of scholarship and a delight to read. Conservatives will relish the anecdotes, the explanations of half-remembered books; liberals will learn something about their adversaries." — "Best Books of 2022," The Wall Street Journal
Posted 10.28.22:  Publishers Weekly on Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul by Marc Myers: "Myers details how 55 famous songs were conceived, written, and recorded in this perceptive follow-up to 2016's Anatomy of a Song. Myers provides a brief introduction to each of his picks, and their composers, musicians, and producers share stories behind each song, as well. There are surprising details about musical arrangements...and insight from artists about their lyrics.... Myers has a knack for capturing the artistry of songwriting and easily shows why these tracks are 'iconic but not tired.' This melodic collection will strike a chord with music fans."
Posted 10.24.22:  Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price has won the 2022 IEEE William and Joyce Middleton Electrical Engineering History Award, awarded to the author of a book in the history of technology "that both exemplifies exceptional scholarship and reaches beyond academic communities toward a broad public audience." IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, with roots in electrical engineering, electronics, and computing. Geniuses at War also was chosen a “Best Nonfiction Book of the Year” by Kirkus Reviews.
Posted 10.20.22:  "Wall Street Journal arts reporter Marc Myers continues his explorations of the kind of popular music that turns from melody to earworm.... As he did in his previous volume, Anatomy of a Song, Myers does a fine job of getting behind the hits.... Altogether, Myers turns in a who-knew kind of book.... The narrative contains plenty of joy, discontentment, and even newfound respect.... With snippets of business, creativity, techno-wizardry, and raw emotion, a pleasure for music fans."—Kirkus Reviews on Anatomy of 55 More Songs: The Oral History of Top Hits That Changed Rock, Pop and Soul by Marc Myers forthcoming from Grove Atlantic

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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...”