Category: Book Reviews

  • Does Kelly Ripa really ‘Tell All’ in her Book?

    Does Kelly Ripa really ‘Tell All’ in her Book?

    Review written by Dr. M. Emanuele For those who don’t watch daytime TV, Kelly Ripa has been the co-host of Live! for 20 years. She has been honored with six Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host and 15 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show, with a win in the category […]

  • Civil War by Other Means

    Civil War by Other Means

    “Democracy was our civil religion. The last 6 or 7 years have shaken me because I’ve seen changes in our institutions, threats to our institutions and undermining of our institutions that I’d never thought I’d see.” Dr. Jeremi Suri was speaking for millions of American citizens, and many more millions around the world, when he […]

  • Columbus and the Apocalypse

    Columbus and the Apocalypse

    The end of the world has been prophesied many times in the past centuries, but the world is still here. Thus it is appropriate that the subtitle of this book is The Apocalyptic Imagination. It is the lot of historians to read and write about absolute bilge-water, because that is what most of humanity has […]

  • Epicurus in Rome

    Epicurus in Rome

    The Epicurean mantra was “avoid engaging in politics,’ which is good advice now as it was some 2,000 years ago. This book on how the philosophy of Epicurus was received and either accepted or rejected in the Roman Republic is the combined effort nine eminent scholars. In addition to them, the book is edited by […]

  • Halloween Witch Hunt

    Halloween Witch Hunt

    How about a good old-fashioned pumpkin horror story from Spain to get Halloween off to a fine start? “Maria de Ulibarri, married, age 36, came before an inquisition commission in September 1611. Her goal was to discharge her conscience and remedy her soul. Ulibarri told the commissioner that three years earlier she had been lured […]

  • Cold War Radio

    Cold War Radio

    While radio often seems nostalgic now, it had great value during the Cold War, from the 1950s to the 1990s. Writing of Radio Liberty and Voice of America in his new book Cold War Radio, Dr. Mark G. Pomar says they “were born of the Cold War. They were conceived not only as weapons to […]

  • Naval Strategy

    Naval Strategy

    In physics, ‘exceptional points’ are specific system parameters leading to the commonality of two different solutions that can only exist in systems with losses. For those with a scientific, rather than a naval history background, that is a fine approach to this important book by Dr. Kevin D. McCranie. He is Professor of Comparative Strategy […]

  • The Celestial Hunter

    The Celestial Hunter

    Hunting took many forms in ancient Greece. Sometimes a wild boar would be hunted. Another time a God would take the form of a wild boar to hunt down a human he didn’t like. That is what is depicted here: Ares, the God of War, took the form of a boar to hunt down Adonis. […]

  • Getting China Wrong

    Getting China Wrong

    Our engagement with China has been wrong for decades. Disastrously wring. This is the assessment of Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. He outlined America’s toubled relationship with China to an audience at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin Getting China Wrong is the title of his […]

  • New Insights into 18th Century Philosophy

    New Insights into 18th Century Philosophy

    This book offers, for the first time English, some of the most important early writings by the great German philosopher Johann Nicolaus Tetens (1736-1807). The first 36 pages consist of an introduction and analysis by the three editors; the next 240 pages contain a full translation of texts on language (etymology), anthropology, and the philosophical […]