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John R. Coyne, Jr.
John R. Coyne Jr. a former White House speech-writer, is co-author with Linda Bridges of Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement (Wiley).
by | May 8, 2017

From the earliest days, writes Dr. Alvin S Felzenberg, a noted presidential historian and principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission, “William F. Buckley Jr. presumed to tell heads of state what to do.”

Depending on whether you accept his mother’s or father’s version, when Bill Buckley was either six or seven, he wrote King George V of England, demanding the United Kingdom immediately repay the debt owed to the United States after World War I.

by | Apr 16, 2014

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton By Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes (Crown, 448 pages, $26) Groundhog day, all over again, and we’re already off and running. Out in front of the pack for 2016, just as in…

by | Feb 15, 2014

Margaret Thatcher: Power and PersonalityBy Jonathan Aitken(Bloomsbury, 764 pages, $35) In his splendid Nixon: A Life (1993), the book many credit with setting in motion the serious reevaluation of Richard Nixon and his presidency, Jonathan Aitken writes in a note:…

by | Dec 19, 2012

This Living Hand: And Other Essays By Edmund Morris (Random House, 500 pages, $32) IN A PIECE APPEARING in TAS in 1993, and included in this collection, Edmund Morris, a Kenyan educated in South Africa who had made his living…

by | Nov 29, 2012

Back to Blood By Tom Wolfe(Little, Brown, 720 pages, $30) Throughout the last century, each decade was rich in novelists whose works climbed quickly to the tops of our best-seller lists, a time when the serious novelists were also the…

by | Oct 29, 2012

The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind By Bruce Bawer (Broadside Books, 378 pages, $25.99) As college and university tuitions rise stratospherically, reaching levels that equal the annual earnings of a working…

by | Sep 25, 2012

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson By Robert A. Caro (Knopf, 736 pages, $35) THIS IS THE FOURTH FAT VOLUME in Robert Caro’s series on a failed president who inherited a failed presidency, made it worse, then…

by | Aug 22, 2012

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love By David Talbot (Free Press, 452 Pages, $28) ONE OF MY FAVORITE STORIES from the late 1960s, not told here by David Talbot, is set on the…

by | Jun 27, 2012

Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians By Robert W. Merry (Simon & Schuster, 320 pages, $28) Robert Merry is a throwback—a journalist and a historian with no academic biases or shackles; a newsman…

by | Jun 22, 2012

South Dakota calls itself “the land of infinite variety,” and no place in the state better epitomizes this variousness than Vermillion. Vermillion is easy to find, lying as it does half-way between Elk Point and Yankton, about eight miles off…

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