Posted 09.10.19: “Harold Bloom, is not only the greatest literary critic of our lifetimes, but quite possibly the greatest of all time. Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism appears to be a collection and a coda of memories for Bloom, who turned 89 in July. Bloom is now wheelchair-bound and appears to have dictated much of the book to an assistant, which begs the impressive question of how much of this book simply flowed from the great man's mind. The amount of text and poetry he has committed to memory is astounding and humbling…. This is a mind that has seemingly defied the aging process and the writing is further proof of the mental gymnastics being performed in his mind.... Bloom's genius and memory will astound readers.”—Drew Gallagher, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
Posted 09.03.19: “Harvey Klehr's new book, The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr is a rarity: a biography of a man so interesting that you wonder why you never heard of him before…an engaging book about a fascinating man. Indirectly, it is also a wonderful introduction to the general topic of American communism.”—Mark Hemingway, Law and Liberty
Posted 08.15.19: On the New York Times Best Seller list for 17 weeks! The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks: "An ambitious volume, part sermon, part self-help guide, and part sociological treatise, replete with quotes and stories from Tolstoy, Moses, Orwell, and others.... Yet the book is deeply moving, frequently eloquent, and extraordinarily incisive. It is hopeful in the best sense."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted 08.08.19: “Literature is the closest thing Harold Bloom has to a religion…. Which explains why he retains an essentially sacred view of writing and is concerned to defend the 'western canon' (from Homer through to James Joyce) against unbelievers and skeptics…. Bloom derives consolation from the books that surround him on shelves and in piles on the table and on the floor. In Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism, he writes that 'Frequently at dawn, when I am very chilly and sit on the side of my bed, knowing it is not safe for me to go downstairs by myself in order to have some morning tea, I find deep peace in (Wallace) Stevens at his strongest.'”—please see Harold Bloom's interview with Andy Martin of The Independent at the book page link.
Posted 07.29.19: “In the 1930s and '40s, there were any number of American communists so enamored of Joseph Stalin and the shining tomorrows he promised that they would do anything for the Soviet Union, disdaining payment of any kind. David Karr was not one of them. Karr, writes Harvey Klehr in his riveting biography of the man, was something else entirely: He was the young American communist on the make, his eye 'ever alert for the main chance,' his hand ever open to Soviet largess…. Mr. Klehr, an emeritus professor at Emory University and a leading historian of American communism, has spent his professional life tracing, in his 13 books, the links between U.S. and Soviet espionage. He writes a controlled prose supported by meticulous documentation. The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr, the product of 30 years of research, is a work of tenacity and obsession; it traces the contours of Karr's life with great detail and precision.... He leaves no available document unturned and ferrets out all that we can know about David Karr. Given how slippery Karr could be, that's an impressive achievement.”—David Evanier, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 07.24.19: A starred review in Booklist for The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care—and How to Fix It by Marty Makary, M.D.: “A Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor of health policy authoritatively and conversationally explains the money games of medicine. How did costs get so high? Blame overtesting, overdiagnosing, and overtreating…. Makary, who visited 22 cities over two years, uses anecdotes liberally and effectively…. 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.”