Sunday, March 13, 2011
 
In March of 1974, when I was a young Army captain, I was sitting in a conference on civil-military relations at Brown University. Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.) was onstage expounding on the lessons from Vietnam about military interventions. He then stopped and looked right at me and the four West Point...
Book review by David Baldacci
In the prologue to " Rawhide Down ," Washington Post reporter Del Quentin Wilber hypothesizes that the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan , and the president's grace and courage in dealing with it, were the catalysts for his eight mostly successful years in office. The public's impression of...
Columnist on why we can't live with or without the Reagan era
David S. Broder covered every presidential election since 1968 for The Washington Post. He believed fiercely that the voter had the power and the politician had to serve. Winning required governing, with care and rigor. When those values needed reemphasis, Broder, who died Wednesday at 81, turned to...
Like Sinatra, Moammar Gaddafi has always done things his way. When Egypt- and Tunis-style public protests failed to dislodge the Libyan leader, a full-scale rebellion erupted, only to be met with the uncompromising brutality so familiar to longtime Gaddafi observers. For now, Libya appears...
Environmentalist explains why America will have to feed its rival
and say the IRS should send taxpayers a receipt We're a nation of savvy shoppers, and we expect that details about the products we buy will be readily available to us. Want to know where your pants were made? Look at the label. What about the calorie count for a Big Mac? In many McDonald's, it's...
Diplomatic historian on the pros and cons of Egypt's would-be president
MEMOIR REVIEW BY MINDY ALOFF
At the outset, this memoir by Alan Arkin - the Oscar-winning character actor, director, author and singer, best known recently for the film "Little Miss Sunshine" - promises to keep the focus on acting, and it does exactly that. You'll find more personal detail about the author in his Wikipedia...
Jet packs! Robot maids! Underwater cities! Where's the future we were promised? Blessedly, none of the following books about the future predicts meals in the form of a pill. That's not a future any of us want to live in.
ECONOMICS REVIEW BY STEVEN PEARLSTEIN
It is dogma among economists and right-thinking members of the political and business elite that globalization is good and more of it is even better. That is why they invariably view anyone who dissents from this orthodoxy as either ignorant of the logic of comparative advantage or selfishly...
HISTORY REVIEW BY PAULINE MAIER
What happens to people who take the losing side in a revolution or a civil war?
MEMOIR HISTORY OF A SUICIDE My Sister's Unfinished Life
A year ago Thomas E. Kennedy emerged from undeserved obscurity with the English-language publication of "In the Company of Angels," the first novel in what he calls his "Copenhagen Quartet." An American now in his mid-60s and a longtime resident of Copenhagen, he has been widely published in Euro...
MONDAY | The Trinity Six , by Charles Cumming, is a seductively written thriller about a real British spy ring.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 6, 2011. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2011 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller...
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