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James Srodes
James Srodes, an author and broadcaster, is a former Washington bureau chief for Forbes and Financial Worldmagazines. His latest book, On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World, is being published next week. His email address is srodesnews@msn.com.
by | Jul 30, 2012

Will the continuing scandal over LIBOR insure Barack Obama’s re-election in November? It’s a distinct possibility. There is considerable irony in the controversy over the benchmark London Interbank Offered Rate, which cost Barclays Bank a $450 million fine for rigging…

by | Apr 17, 2012

Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick By Paul Dickson (Walker & Co., 418 pages, $29.50) I confess I don’t much like today’s major league baseball—or MLB, as it is branded—for the same reason I can’t understand why any sane person would…

by | Sep 23, 2011

Banker to the World: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global FinanceBy William R. Rhodes(McGraw-Hill, 252 pages, $25) AS ANY tort lawyer will tell you, society has a habit of demanding an unrestricted supply of baked goods without any…

by | Mar 10, 2011

The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism by Theodore Dalrymple (Encounter Books, 163 pages, $23.95)  Among the features we savor most when reading our London cousins, The Spectator, are the acerbic observations of Theodore Dalrymple about his…

by | Nov 23, 2010

Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War By Thomas B. Allen (Harper, 416 pages, $26.99) First of all, let’s get rid of the myth (blamed on John Adams) that during our War of Independence American opinion was…

by | Nov 16, 2010

As the current political brawl appears headed for resolution certainly the most interesting, and possibly most important, political campaign this season has been waged well under the radar of the establishment mass media and has created not a ripple in…

by | Sep 1, 2009

I MISS THE LATE HENRY SIMMONS, the legendary Newsweek reporter who covered the early NASA space flights and the Washington economics beat back in the days when that magazine produced important information and not pop-twitter. Henry kept the betting book…

by | Jun 19, 2009

In the Name of Justice: Leading Experts Reexamine the Classic Article “The Aims of the Criminal Law” Edited by Timothy Lynch (Cato Institute, 251 pages, $19.95) At the start of the one unsatisfactory year I labored at Duke Law School…

by | May 1, 2009

It is commonplace today to believe we should refer to the benign innovations of John Maynard Keynes during the Great Depression in order to understand what is driving President Obama’s team of economic strategists. But a look back to that…

by | Apr 21, 2009

As I mark my fiftieth year in the craft of journalism may I be excused for letting loose a small raspberry at the flood of handwringing going on over The Decline of the American Daily Newspaper. What do you expect…

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