California Literary Review

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Dear Minister, America is Headed Down; Can It Reverse Course?

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June 13th, 2007

In my view, the Americans’ most serious problem for the longer term is the development of a new class of super-rich, while at the same time their middle and lower classes find themselves increasingly burdened by debt and worried whether their jobs will be “outsourced” to India or China.

Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature by Lewis Dabney

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June 4th, 2007

1916 Princeton, a young and still slender Edmund Wilson was advised by professors to “seek the truth, no matter where it lay or who it hurt.”

The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West by Niall Ferguson

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April 24th, 2007

Niall Ferguson is hot—about as hot as a historian can get.

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East by Robert Fisk

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April 24th, 2007

The title of Fisk’s new work is a mocking one, taken from a campaign medal his father won as a British officer in the First World War–which few people, and certainly not Fisk, see now as having been a war for civilization.

The Conservative Bookshelf by Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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April 24th, 2007

There is a small cadre of American writers whose gifts and talents are so significant that readers, at least the cognitive ones, are required to procure their latest efforts the moment they come off the press.

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic – by Chalmers Johnson

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April 24th, 2007

Back in 2008 the United States had what was called a “California style” referendum. Empire or No Empire. Simple as that.

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter

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April 24th, 2007

In 1985 I traveled to the United States for a lecture tour. I was then still the co-director of Al Haq the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, a human rights organization which I helped establish six years earlier.

The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide by Susan Nathan

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April 22nd, 2007

My worry was that this might be another leftist book that glibly made analogies between Israel and South Africa. I worried that the story would be more about being a privileged white western woman living with Palestinian others and not enough about the Arab Israeli citizens of this town and their lives.

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream – by Barack Obama

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April 22nd, 2007

Senator Barack Obama, it seems, has far to go. As this is written, he is continuing to take steps toward running for President in 2008.

James K. Polk by John Seigenthaler

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April 22nd, 2007

Author John Seigenthaler has written an interesting and informative biography of the eleventh president of the United States, James Knox Polk.

Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward – by Charlyne Berens

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April 22nd, 2007

Some less than exhaustive research suggests that this book is a first: a campaign biography published by an academic press. The author is a professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska, a public institution which is also the seat of the publisher.

The Great Risk Shift – by Jacob S. Hacker

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April 22nd, 2007

After winning reelection in 2004, President George W. Bush made restructuring Social Security his top domestic priority.

Democracy and Populism : Fear and Hatred by John Lukacs

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April 11th, 2007

You may not like what he says, you may not agree with his conclusions, but his thinking and his writing are so broad, rich, and in-depth that all but the most iconoclastic, the most radicalized, is forced to consider his perspectives.

How the Cold War Began: The Igor Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies by Amy Knight

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April 10th, 2007

Readers seeking to learn how the Cold War really began can bypass this book, since despite its title it will not tell them what they want to know.

The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos and the Murder of Jose Robles by Steven Koch

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April 10th, 2007

A ghost is a spirit who won’t stay dead.

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