Chronicling the final, devastating months of the Civil War, E.L.
Doctorow's new novel, The March, reveals the author's complex
love for an earlier version of America.
In Andrew Jackson: A Life and Times, the frontier president
is cast as a one-man beacon for democracy. But Jackson's core belief
was a fervent defense of land.
The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
expertly balances the roots of a political revolution: the impact of a
few key leaders and the lives and aspirations of ordinary citizens
engaging with the government for the first time.
As the Bush Administration's incompetence turns Iraq into a terrorist
training camp, Americans should look to FDR, who waged war for
unavoidable threats, not ideology, while still fostering good will
among US allies.
Although The Aesthetics of Resistance delves into leftist
notions of art and class struggle, this account of an anti-Nazi youth
group in Germany seems outdated now.
There are decades of memos from engineers and contractors setting forth budgets to build up the Gulf Coast's levees, but Bush wouldn't let them be.
The only bright spot in this man-made disaster has been the wave of public outrage at the Administration's failure to provide aid to the most vulnerable.
America's narcissism and willful blindness to its own
moral failings have been placed in sharp relief as the nation fitfully
responds to the needs of storm victims.
In his new book, Robert Kaplan proposes that the
antidote to anarchy is empire, policed by soldiers holding an assault
rifle in one hand and candy bars in the other.
This might be a good time for the Bush Administration to
step up its reading on Saudi Arabia, starting with these three books.