'The Rise of Andrew Jackson' by David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler

By: Max Diamond

Since Donald Trump declared that he would be running for president, his rash temper, his populism, and his politicking have been compared to President Andrew Jackson. In this political moment, historians David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler have come out with “The Rise of Andrew...

'The Fifth Risk' by Michael Lewis

By: Alexander Stern

Michael Lewis has earned a reputation for turning what might be dry, boring material in another author’s hands into gripping narrative. In “Moneyball,” the use of advanced statistics to evaluate Major League Baseball players became a underdog story about the small-market Oakland A’s and their wily general manager. In the...

'Antisocial Media' by Siva Vaidhyanathan

By: Alexander Stern

“We are in the midst of a worldwide, internet-based assault on democracy,” proclaims author Siva Vaidhyanathan in his book, “Anti-Social Media,” about the damage Facebook and other social media have done to our politics. Facebook, of course, has been subject to a...

'Judicial Fortitude' by Peter J. Wallison

By: Max Diamond

For years, conservatives and libertarians have been concerned about the growth of the administrative state — the sprawling array of administrative agencies that issue rules and regulations without much congressional oversight. Title IX procedures on colleges campuses for example, which many believe undermine due process and the rule...

'Identity' by Francis Fukuyama

By: Max Diamond

Today when we think of “identity politics” we tend to think of right-wing racists or left-wing student radicals. But in his new book Identity, Francis Fukuyama sees identity politics as a much broader trend indicative of deep and longstanding developments in liberal philosophy and society. Fukuyama is well known for his...

'The Forgotten' by Ben Bradlee Jr.

By: Alexander Stern

At one point in “The Forgotten, a new book on the 2016 election as it played out in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Ben Bradlee Jr. recounts a text-message conversation carried out the day after Trump’s victory. A grandmother who supported Trump messages her college-age grandson to...

‘The Virtue of Nationalism’ by Yoram Hazony

By: Max Diamond

When people hear the word “nationalism” today, their minds frequently turn to the disasters of 20th-century Europe. Like racism, nationalism is thought of as an irrational condition reasonable people would like to move past. But in his new book, “The Virtue of Nationalism,” Dr. Yoram Hazony, director of the Herzl...

'Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life' by Andrew L. Yarrow

By: Alexander Stern

On the renowned HBO TV series “The Sopranos,” James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano often reacted to a perceived softening of American culture and particularly of American men by asking “whatever happened to Gary Cooper, the strong, silent type?” Throughout the series, Tony would experience moments of sensitivity and...