Mark Falcoff

Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

Dearest Jackie

 

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.By Caroline Kennedy & Michael Beschloss(Hyperion, 400 pages, 8 CDs, $60) THIS BOOK CONSISTS of the transcripts of seven rather extensive tape-recorded conversations that Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of our 35th president, made in 1964 with court historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Their […]

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Good Show to All That

 

Brief Lives: An Intimate and Very Personal Portrait of the Twentieth Century By Paul Johnson (UK: Huchison, 304 pages, £20) PAUL JOHNSON NEEDS NO to most readers of this publication, or indeed to serious and literate men and women throughout the English-speaking world (and in some cases, beyond it). Journalist, longtime editor of the New […]

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Paterson’s Predecessor

 

Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider’s Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer’s Short and Tragic Reign By Lloyd Constantine (Kaplan, 287 pages, $29.95) With the vertiginous decline of the Democratic Party, a new genre seems to be making its appearance on the literary scene, namely, the memoir of a disillusioned aide to one of its major […]

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Get Rielle

 

The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down By Andrew Young (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 301 pages, $24.99) Can there be anyone left on the planet who has not yet heard of the sex-and-money scandal involving the former North Carolina senator and über-ambulance […]

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It Was a Very Good Year

 

Kissinger: 1973, The Crucial Year By Alistair Horne (Simon & Schuster, 457 pages, $30) Recently marking his 86th year, Henry Kissinger remains unique among recent American secretaries of state—indeed, perhaps of all of our secretaries of state. Born in Furth, Germany, of a Jewish family obliged to emigrate in the late 1930s, he worked his […]

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Radical Sick

 

Young Che: Memories of Che Guevara by his Father By Ermesto Guevara Lynch Edited and Translated by Lucía Álvarez de Toledo (Vintage Books, 350 pages, $14.95 paper) Young Che is the latest addition to the vast flood of devotional literature on the Argentine-Cuban revolutionary Ernesto (“Che”) Guevara. At first blush, the inexhaustible appetite for this […]

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He Was There

 

Presidential Command: Power, Leadership, and the Making of Foreign Policy from Richard Nixon to George W. BushBy Peter W. Rodman. Introduction by Henry A. Kissinger. (Alfred A. Knopf, 368 pages, $26.95) Reviewed by Mark Falcoff THE LATE PETER RODMAN, who died last summer, was one of those remarkable people rare in Washington—the key insider unknown […]

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Arthur and Writer

 

This review ran in the February 2008 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to our monthly print edition, click here.

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Strobe Lite

 

The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation by Strobe Talbott (Simon & Schuster, 495 pages, $28) Now that so many people within the media and outside of it assume that the next president of the United States will be a Democrat, the race is on […]

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Upward and Onward

 

(This review will appear in the March 2008 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to our monthly print edition, click here.) Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism By Alfred S. Regnery (Threshold/Simon & Schuster, 448 pages, $26) SOMEWHERE BACK IN THE LATE 1950s, it was common to hear liberals sigh that they wished — […]

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