Government Books & Reviews

Weighing Anchors

Walter Cronkite, A Reporter's Life (New York: Alfred A.

Another Country, Review of David Horowitz's Radical Son: A Journey Through Our Times

While both Rosenblatt and Horowitz have had second thoughts about the 1960s, their assessments of this fateful decade are strikingly different.

A Book for the Times, Review of Norman Davies' Europe: A History

Davies has written a work worthy of the remarkable continent with which he deals; a continent that is now struggling to redefine and reunify itself, and whose cultures have been released once again to meet and mingle.

Suddenly and Peacefully, Review of Michael Dobbs' Down With Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Gone is Churchill's "enigma wrapped in a mystery." Russia's media and many of its archives, along with its borders, have opened.

The Company Man

Richard Bissell, Jr.

A Machiavelli for Our Times

Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations might not only be about the future. It actually might help shape it.

Through the Garbage Can, Darkly, Review of David Williams's Japan and the Enemies of Open Political Science

This is a work of criticism ranging over the more fashionable social sciences and humanities, assessing and mostly rejecting them as unsuitable for elucidating the Japanese political system and berating their exponents for ignoring that system in

Road Hogs, Review of Joshua Muravchik's The Imperative of American Leadership

Two of the books reviewed here describe how Joshua Muravchik and the late Eric Nordlinger read the post-Soviet map and would have us travel upon it. Both recommend sharp turns at high speeds. The third contains the counsel of Peter Rodman, a man l

The Bureaucrat Spy, Review of Robert M. Gates' From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

Robert M. Gates entered CIA toward the end of its best years, and the history he recounts of the ensuing twenty-odd years is strewn with untidy crises and a mix of CIA successes and disasters, brilliant insights, and woeful miscalls. Gates describ

Ortega and the Myth of the Mass

Many are inclined to give José Ortega y Gasset credit for prescience that he does not deserve.

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April 24, 2014