In honor of president’s day, the Spectator will be republishing this week essays and reviews on our nation’s best — and worst — leaders. Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity 1822-1865By Brooks D. SimpsonsHoughton-Mifflin/533 pages/$35 President Grant ReconsideredBy Frank J. ScaturroMadison Books/137 pages/$35.50; $16.95 (paper) The rise of Ulysses S. Grant is a tale Horatio […]
John A. Barnes
John A. Barnes is a writer living in New York.
No Republican presidential candidate has come within hailing distance of winning New York since Ronald Reagan’s 49-state sweep of 1984. Since then, a state that was once hotly competitive between the parties — Herbert Hoover even managed to carry it over native-son Al Smith in 1928 — has slipped ever further into its current status […]