Domestic Politics Books & Reviews

The Tea Party's Godfather

The life of L. Brent Bozell, Jr., the man who vied with Buckley for leadership of American conservatism.

Teddy Roosevelt and Taft: The Odd Couple

Few American stories of personal fellowship are as poignant as the Roosevelt-Taft friendship—and its brutal disintegration.

Roosevelt and His Diplomatic Pawns

FDR masterfully maneuvered the United States into the Second World War without appearing to do so. His corps of envoys and advisers did little to shape the agenda of a strategic and political mastermind.

The Great White House Rating Game

Robert Merry’s new book explores the academic impulse to assess the presidents—but with a twist. He melds contemporaneous judgments of the electorate with academic polls to yield an engaging history.

The Critique of Pure Kagan

Robert Kagan has issued a cri de coeur urging Americans to reject calls for reduced U.S. military spending, curtailments in the country’s global commitments and restraint on its interventionist impulses. But his prescriptions are shortsighted.

Death by Irrelevance

Rockefeller, Lindsay, Scranton—just three of the “moderates” who failed to keep the GOP from the clutches of Goldwater and Nixon. Geoffrey Kabaservice laments their defeat with a wistfulness that obscures from him their true frustration.

Eyes and Ears of the Arab Spring

The English-language news channel of Al Jazeera consistently is first on the scene of Mideastern developments, and its journalists provide smart analysis of global events. It may be today’s most influential television-news operation.

The Mind of an Israeli Maverick

Benny Morris reviews Gilad Sharon's biography of his father, Ariel Sharon.

A House That Bismarck Built

Jonathan Steinberg’s new biography depicts a Bismarck rife with contradictions. Still, it comes dangerously close to conflating the mad Junker’s cautious conservatism with the führer’s nihilism. There is more to Germany than destiny alone.

Only Don't Call Me Comrade

Stalin: The Dictator. The Revolutionary. The Homebody? The USSR’s Cold War ambitions have been greatly exaggerated. Worldwide Marxist revolution played second fiddle to control of the Continent.

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April 25, 2014