Herbert Hoover: A Life By Glen Jeansonne (New American Library, 455 pages, $28) Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, may be, in common public perception, the most inaccurately characterized man in the history of the republic. He’s way down on the list of esteemed presidents, because of circumstances almost certainly beyond anyone’s […]
Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
Pretty Paper By Willie Nelson with David Ritz (Blue Rider Press, 283 pages, $23) The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories By P.D. James (Alfred A. Knopf, 157 pages, $24) Books about Christmas, or with Christmassy themes, can be saccharine. Consider a couple that aren’t. Some may argue that the Willie Nelson book Pretty Paper comes close […]
There remain those who persist in believing that environmentalists are just sweet, cuddly people who like birds and want clean air and water. These folks need to catch up with the latest declaration from Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, which is in fact an upscale Earth worship cult for Lexus lefties with time […]
One of the measures of how serious a society is about personal freedom is the way in which it deals with harmless eccentrics. The city of Miami is currently failing the freedom test. The nannies and killjoys in its code department have ganged up on a 65-year-old hippie grandmother who missed the last chopper out […]
Joy remains unconfined on Calle Ocho (8th Street) in Miami, the main drag through Little Havana, in whose small, family-owned restaurants I’ve enjoyed many a fine plate of ropa vieja, paella, or picadillo and rice. But while it’s holiday routine in Miami, and in those parts of Cuba where the authorities aren’t looking, lefties in this country are still casting about looking […]
There could not be a more stark contrast in the way people of the right and people of the left reacted to the passing of Cuba’s El Jefe Maximo, who is doubtless now boring the hell out of Old Scratch himself with his endless palaver. Fidel Castro came down out of the mountains more than […]
In his fine piece on the coming Borking of Jeff Sessions in this a.m.’s TAS, George Neumayr cites the febrile New York Times editorial which rehashes all the baseless charges of racism against Sessions. The editorial contains the usual left phantasms and amounts to little more than a lament that Sessions refuses to become a good liberal and […]
Retired Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis is said to be the leading contender to be President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense. The more I read about him the more I see why. Mattis is a combat leader, respected by other officers and by the troops. He’s a well-read military historian who takes the […]
As most TAS readers know, the late Williams F. Buckley Jr. was eloquent in the written and spoken word. On the page he could beguile, inform, and amuse in every form, from the 800-word column to book-length nonfiction as well as spy novels. Comes now-author and Fox newsman James Rosen to present and give context to 52 examples of a genre at which Buckley excelled, the eulogy.
At the center of the vast difference between humans and every other species to call Earth home, and the fatal complication for every theory that purports to explain all, is speech. Language. It’s the main thing that separates humans from every other species, and makes possible the things that make humans human — abstract thought, the ability to remember the past and contemplate the future, to have aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual lives.