Posted 03.25.20: A starred Kirkus Review for Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Nicholas A. Basbanes: “A welcome new biography of the iconic 19th-century poet. In this comprehensive, affectionate, and astute biography, the first in many years, Basbanes provides a valuable reassessment of the once-beloved poet who fell from grace in the literary establishment just years after his death…. Drawing on previously unexplored primary source material, he focuses as much on the private man—especially the influential roles Longfellow's two beloved wives, Mary and Fanny, had on his work—as he does on the public one. Their horrific deaths affected him greatly…. A revelatory exploration of Longfellow's life and art and how he became a ‘dominant force in American Letters.' (with 76 photos).” (Forthcoming in June from Knopf.)
Posted 02.29.20: "The historical memory of George Washington frequently dims or ends at his Farewell Address in 1796, when he offered sage advice to his fellow Americans on both domestic and foreign policy. The final three years of Washington's life, however, were eventful for the former president and the nation, and Jonathan D. Horn in his new book Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle provides a captivating and enlightening look at Washington's post-presidential life and the politically divided country that was part of his legacy."—New York Journal of Books
Posted 02.05.20: The #1 New York Times Best Seller! Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite by Peter Schweizer ("Schweizer offers a deep-dive investigation into the private finances and secret deals of some of America's top political leaders. And, as usual, he doesn't disappoint."). Peter Schweizer is the author of Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends (“An enraging look at how elected officials and those they appoint betray the public trust.... Focusing on corruption by both major parties.”) and Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich (“A powerful story of money-grubbing and sleaze.").
Posted 02.04.20: "Are the Republicans or Democrats or both headed for fragmentation or oblivion, and the American political system therefore destined for disruption or even chaos? In his lucid, concise, and deeply informative new book, How America's Political Parties Change (and How They Don't), Michael Barone provides the basis for a clear answer to those questions.... As a leading authority on American politics and political history, the coauthor of an indispensable guide to the subject, and the author as well of several well-received books about American history and politics, Barone knows whereof he speaks."—Michael Mandelbaum, The American Interest
Posted 01.10.20: Library Journal on Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle by Jonathan D. Horn: “An outstanding biographical work on one of America's most prominent leaders. Highly recommended for those who want to better understand the early republic.”
Posted 01.09.20: Now in paperback: Jews and Power by Ruth R. Wisse, "An erudite, polemical essay that attempts to encapsulate the entire political history of diaspora Jewry in just 184 pages of text.... Wisse is a brilliant scholar of enviable narrative gifts."—Susan Jacoby, Washington Post Book World; "A good, fighting book that contains much information in few pages."—Anthony Julius, The New York Times Book Review