Tag Archives: Presidents

All the President’s Men, by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward: A Review

It’s pretty safe to say that Americans have learned nothing from Watergate. Specifically, they have failed to remember that if it walks like a scandal, looks like a scandal, and quacks like a scandal, then guess what? That’s right: it’s … Continue reading

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Lincoln: A Novel, by Gore Vidal: A Review

Every now and then, I decide that it’s time to settle into a long, involved, and dense novel, just to counteract any time that I have spent on the Internet and being distracted by shiny things. Last summer, it was … Continue reading

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The President and the Assassin, by Scott Miller: A Review

America is a curiously a-historical place. It’s a land where in many cases things aged more than a generation are considered “old.” Structures are routinely razed to the ground and rebuilt, rather than being updated and retrofitted. The further to the … Continue reading

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Starling of the White House, by Edmund Starling: A Review

As told to Thomas Sugrue, Starling of the White House recounts the time spent by the Colonel Edmund Starling on the Presidential protection detail of the Secret Service at the White House. Starling was brought to Washington D.C. as part of … Continue reading

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The Strange Death of President Harding, by Gaston B. Means: A Critical Review

I don’t want to be coy with this review, so I will simply begin by saying that The Strange Death of President Harding is a dreadful book, and no one should read it… at least, not without considerable forewarning and forearming … Continue reading

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard: A Review

Having been nursing a growing interest in late 19th century America for a few years now, Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic seemed a logical choice for me to pick up. It has been compared to Erik Larsen’s The Devil in the … Continue reading

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Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure, by Matthew Algeo: A Review

American road trip stories don’t always translate well to the broader reading public, either domestic or foreign. A lot of people prefer, for example, to fly: you reach your destination more quickly, and can get on with the business of … Continue reading

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