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Another biography which captured my attention was Landon Y. Jones’s wonderful William Clark and the Shaping of the West. Not only did Clark co-captain the famous Corps of Discovery with Meriwether Lewis, but he was the principal military figure in the Black Hawk War of the 1830s.
As for literary biographies, I enjoyed Charles C. Calhoun’s informative Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life and Robert K. Landers’s definitive An Honest Writer: The Life and Times of James T. Farrell.
Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War, as well as biographies of Dean Acheson and Jimmy Carter.p> Ann Coulter br> SOME OF THESE I HAVE READ, some are on my “To Do” list, so I shall keep my endorsements brief in hopes that the reader won’t be able to tell the difference. /p> p> The Case for Sovereignty by Jeremy Rabkin: br> Don’t be fooled by the boring academic title! I learned everything I know from Professor Rabkin. It’s just that he is a political science professor at Cornell and faculty meetings would have been even more uncomfortable than I imagine they already are if Rabkin had given his book a more fitting title, such as “F—- the French.” The main point of Rabkin’s book (at least up to Chapter 3) is that you cannot be a “Superpower” if you hate and fear weapons. (Yeah we’re bad: We have every kind of cheese!) It’s that little bit extra — a military capable of defending the nation — that makes you a true Hegemon in the world. “Moral power” (or “stylistic power” or whatever it is the French think they deploy) is not reliable power in the world and shouldn’t be. And until we can talk to the French Superpower to Superpower, no one in America cares what they think about the Dixie Chicks or anything else. Neither will their good friends the Germans. Countries like Russia, China, India, and Japan already know this. Perhaps that’s why their leaders were not panting for the candidate in the U.S. election who won the most Palmes D’Ors at Cannes. /p> p> So Many Enemies, So Little Time by Elinor Burkett:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?