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Recent reviews and excerpts of books that have run in Enter Stage Right

The deliberate underclass: Jason L Riley's Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed attacks programs that are designed to help Black America and Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts

The gentleman's guide to change: Dr. Ben Carson's One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future calls for civility and a return to American values, writes Steven Martinovich

Knights of the sky: A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II tells a remarkable story of men during war, writes Steven Martinovich

The high cost of freedom: Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice is a celebration of the lives of two of America's finest, writes Steve Martinovich

American legend: Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed proves that the pioneering pilot deserves every bit of praise he continues to receive, writes Steve Martinovich

The man who would be king: Steven Martinovich wasn't entirely convinced by Catherine S. Neal's efforts in Taking Down the Lion: The Triumphant Rise and Tragic Fall of Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski but still found it interesting

A Prince of war: Blackwater founder Erik Prince attempts to defend himself with Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror and Steven Martinovich reviews his efforts

Six that saved the war: Five men and one woman helped save the the United States during the Revolution and Steve Martinovich was gratified to learn more about them in George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

Witness to history: Under the Wire: Marie Colvin's Final Assignment is a fitting memorial to Marie Colvin, the American war correspondent who died last year in Syria, writes Steven Martinovich

The problems of war: David Mamet's novella Three War Stories wasn't a complete success but Steve Martinovich found enough in the playwright's latest effort to keep him satisfied

The battle between language and liberty: The far left and right the same thing? Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie: How the Myth of an Ideological Spectrum Helps Evil in Our World, 3rd edition, Vol. 1 makes that and other argues and Steve Martinovich was a fan

The rise of the machines: Today's kids have taken to technology in a way that few older generations can understand, argues The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, which Steve Martinovich reviews this week

King of news: Steve Martinovich thought Roger Ailes: Off Camera an enjoyable effort that revealed quite a bit about the controversial founder and president of Fox News

Failed revolution: Jerry Clinton Oliver returns with The Diary, a sequel to his 2008 novel in which residents of a small town spark a second American Revolution and Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts

Modern general: Steven Martinovich was sorely disappointed by one aspect of retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal's My Share of the Task: A Memoir but overall thought it was a worthwhile effort

Letters to the future: With Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most Mike Huckabee speaks with experience and love, writes Steven Martinovich

Leadership when the sky is falling: As management Steven Martinovich has endured a lot of seminars on the topic. He was pleasantly surprised by Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race

American story: Steve Martinovich has read a hundred books exactly like Sen. Marco Rubio's An American Son: A Memoir but he still couldn't help but enjoy it

Clichés: For when truth is relative: Steven Martinovich greatly enjoyed Jonah Goldberg's The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, though didn't find it a perfect effort

Why liberals are like zombies: Alan Caruba says R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.'s The Death of Liberalism speaks much about the state of the political left today

My way, your way or the not-so-Third Way: Bill Bradley perhaps wanted to write a book that moved past partisan politics but Steven Martinovich says he failed with We Can All Do Better

Ray Bradbury: A writer's writer: Ray Bradbury was a consummate writer, says Thomas M. Sipos, and that shined through both his work and how he treated people

The conservative legacy of Ray Bradbury: Bruce Walker argues that Ray Bradbury and his work were a beautiful example -- and defense -- of conservatism

Bull in a china shop: Steven Martinovich is an unabashed fan of Richard Zacks and with Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York the author has another winner

American hero: Steven Martinovich was impressed by Paula Broadwell's All In: The Education of General David Petraeus and the man and the career that it chronicles

Out of the fire, into the pot: Dr. Jack Kerwick says that Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa has an uncomfortable message for the United States

The high price of excellence: Steven Martinovich rarely loves a book but that's what happened with American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

Paging Dr. Future: Steven Martinovich had some problems with The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America but he found a lot to praise as well

The beginning of the end: Steve Martinovich finds Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis to be a very sobering look at at the economic trouble the world finds itself in

Sending the education system back to school: Laugh at for profit, private colleges like Kaplan and DeVry? Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy is a powerful argument why you shouldn't, writes Steve Martinovich

Solutions for our most pressing problems: Rachel Alexander has nothing but praise for Bill Ponath's Verdict for America: Critical Issues Facing Our Nation, a catalogue of America's problems and possible solutions

Mr. Optimism: Steve Martinovich likes Gov. Mitch Daniels and his new book Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans

Mining the past: The Patriot's History Reader: Essential Documents for Every American a companion to a famous effort was an effort that Steven Martinovich did enjoy

New world disorder: Steven Martinovich still isn't quite sure what Damon Vickers was trying to do with The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order

Letting the artists play: Steve Martinovich found Bob Lutz's Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business to be an enjoyable effort despite some problems with it

Enter the dragon: China as the biggest threat the U.S.? So says Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action and Steve Martinovich offers his opinion

Marx in the classroom: Kids say the darnedest things and they probably learned it in the classroom. Steve Martinovich takes a look at Your Teacher Said What?! Defending Our Kids from the Liberal Assault on Capitalism

One against the world: Steven Martinovich is no great lover of self-published novels so it's natural to wonder if he loved Jeffery M. Anderson's debut effort Ephemera

A cogent look at Hitler and Stalin -- as mega-killers and mutual enablers: Sixty-seven years since the launch of the fateful Warsaw Uprising of 1944, Mark Wegierski offers a somber review of a very important book, Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Both sides now: Daniel M. Ryan says Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon will do much to vindicate conservatives even if written by liberals

The playwright as polemicist: David Mamet's The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture is equal parts mournful and joyous and Steve Martinovich loved every word

Trying cases in the other court: Like it or not the media plays a role in America's courts and Steve Martinovich found attorney Kendal Coffey's Spinning the Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion to be informative and enjoyable

Learning to love the rodent wheel: Steven Martinovich used part of a national holiday to review Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race, proving perhaps that he's incapable of relaxing and Todd G. Buchholz's kind of guy

Zero tolerance world: It wasn't perfect but Steven Martinovich still enjoyed Alina Tugend's study of getting it wrong with Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong

Seeing the future in the past: If you have money in the market -- any market -- Steve Martinovich says you could do worse than reading Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst

The unknown known man: Steven Martinovich enjoyed Donald Rumsfeld's Known and Unknown: A Memoir to the point that he wanted more from the former secretary of defense

Raising real women: Raising Righteous & Rowdy Girls is a guide to raising girls into women who can shoot a rifle, stand up for themselves and not turn into Lindsay Lohan. Paul A. Ibbetson says its a winner

What would Jefferson do?: Dr. Larry Schweikart argues in What Would the Founders Say? A Patriot's Answers to America's Most Pressing Problems that the Founders likely wouldn't have created TARP. Steven Martinovich can't help but agree

All that glitters: Steve Martinovich reviews The Dollar Meltdown: Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other Unconventional Investments, an investment guide for some very troubled times

Enter Stage Right's Best Books of 2010: Steven Martinovich has seen better years for books but he still managed to round up a list of what he thought the best books of 2010 were

The ties that bind: For all of his class warfare, writes Steven Martinovich, Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street shows how much Barack Obama and Wall Street owe to each other

Toxic culture: The Deepwater Horizon catastrophe may have happened only a few months ago but Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit shows its roots were planted years ago, says Steve Martinovich

Author attacks economic dependency: Joseph Quesnel has nothing but praise for Calvin Helin's The Economic Dependency Trap: Breaking Free to Self-Reliance, an argument against government-created dependency

The brain gap: Steven Martinovich wanted to like The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction but felt it was an effort undone by its own author

Same place, same problems: Graham Fuller's A World Without Islam wonders what a geopolitical world without Islam looks like. Steven Martinovich isn't particularly satisfied with the effort

Wisdom for the age: Steven Martinovich hugely enjoyed Bruce Walker's Poor Lenin's Almanac: Perverse Leftist Proverbs for Modern Life as a funny and insightful critique of progressive thought

Working the levers of power: Steven Martinovich thought Joseph Gibson's Persuading Congress could have been more in-depth but he still found it to be a worthwhile effort

The dirty game: Steve Martinovich rather enjoyed Oil: Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century, the telling of the oil industry's recent history

Hollywood's spell: Thomas M. Sipos parodies Hollywood and political correctness in Hollywood Witches and Steve Martinovich found it to be a humorous effort

More than preaching to the choir: Steve Farrell has nothing but ringing praise for Tom Pauken's Bringing America Home: How America Lost Her Way and How We Can Find Our Way Back

The problem with free trade: Dr. Joseph L. Martos found Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why to be a persuasive argument why free trade is damaging to America

The enemy within: Rachel Alexander has high praise for Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer's The Post -American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America

Leader of the pack: It wasn't perfect but Steven Martinovich still found Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One to be a rather enjoyable portrait of America's most prominent pundit

The rest of the story: Steven Martinovich found a lot to recommend Larry Schweikart's Seven Events that Made America America: And Proved that the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

The always on world: Want to live in a world where you're always connected? Steve Martinovich says Anywhere: How Global Connectivity is Revolutionizing the Way We Do Business is your kind of book

Navel-gazing can pay: Want to be methodical about things? Daniel M. Ryan says Think Twice: Harnessing The Power Of Counter-Intuition might be right up your alley

Insuring future wealth: Steven Martinovich says that although Pamela Yellen undermined herself somewhat with how she presented her financial health program, Bank on Yourself: The Life-Changing Secret to Growing and Protecting Your Financial Future is still an interesting read

Eliminating the terror that is April 15: Eliminate the federal income tax? With some caveats Steve Martinovich thought Ken Hoagland's The FairTax Solution: Financial Justice for all Americans was on the right path

Not quite a bull's-eye: Daniel M. Ryan says Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession makes some good points but it's not quite successful

Half of the story: Steven Martinovich liked Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable, he just wished it told the whole story of what caused the financial meltdown

Good old days: Daniel M. Ryan says Richard Duncan talks a bit like a libertarian in Corruption of Capitalism: A strategy to rebalance the global economy and restore sustainable growth but unfortunately not enough like one

Enter Stage Right's Best Books of 2009: Book guy Steven Martinovich rounds up his favourites for 2009 in what was a surprisingly decent year

Why Palin is "going rogue": Rachel Alexander hugely enjoyed Sarah Palin's Going Rogue: An American Life, a book that reads as if the author was there with you

The war on faith: Steven Martinovich found Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America a lively defence of religion and its importance

Are you there Allah? It's me Ali: Children of Dust: A memoir of Pakistan may be the story of a young Muslim coming to terms with himself but Steven Martinovich says it's a universal story

Bringing the peace: David Finkel's The Good Soldiers isn't perfect but Steven Martinovich thought it was a powerful account of a Ranger battalion's time in Iraq during the initial surge

Old world order: Jay Kinney's The Masonic Myth: Unlocking the Truth About the Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry attempts to sort fact from fiction and Steve Martinovich enjoyed the effort

The responsible liberal's world view: He didn't agree with every thing that Thomas P.M. Barnett argued in Great Powers: America and the World After Bush but Steven Martinovich still liked it

Out of small things: Jerry Clinton Oliver's novel A Time to Stand had some problems but Steven Martinovich thought it was still an enjoyable effort

Canada's conservatives get a "C" for effort: Steven Martinovich says that Blue Thunder: The Truth about Conservatives from MacDonald to Harper tells the often sad tale of the Canadian conservative movement

Voice of genius: Steven Martinovich thought that Orville Vernon Burton did a superlative job with The Essential Lincoln: Speeches and Correspondence

Victory from the saddle: Steven Martinovich says Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan is an epic testimony to the bravery of a few good men

Uprising: In this excerpt from Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan, Doug Stanton chronicles a pivotal moment in the Afghani war

Back from the darkness: Steven Martinovich says The Islamist: Why I Became an Islamic Fundamentalist, What I Saw Inside, and Why I Left presents a very unsettling view of things which may yet come to pass

Towards a new old foreign policy: Steven Martinovich wasn't persuaded by Leslie Gelb's Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy

Just do it: Steve Martinovich likes the author but his self-help book Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself gets low marks

The content of a man: Rachel Alexander has nothing but praise for Ward Connerly's Lessons from My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character

Hearts of darkness: It wasn't a perfect effort but Steven Martinovich still greatly enjoyed Kyle Mills' African-based thriller Lords of Corruption

How to be the next big thing: Anne-Marie Fink offers advice to both managers and investors in her valuable The Money Makers: How Extraordinary Managers Win in a World Turned Upside Down, writes Steve Martinovich

A triumph of storytelling: David Huntwork says that Dancing Under the Ugandan Skies is an inspirational story of a missionary and her work in Africa

Latin America's socialist Ahmadinejad: Steven Martinovich says The Threat Closer to Home: Hugo Chavez and the War against America is a good wake-up call for those who have forgotten how dangerous the Venezuelan president is

America's worst nightmare made real: The super spy saves the world genre has been done to death but Steven Martinovich still found The Silent Man engaging

Answering Israel's critics: Steven Martinovich says Alan Dershowitz makes a credible argument in The Case Against Israel's Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace

How to be a nice capitalist: Bruce Howard's Charting the Course: Values for Navigating Life in the Marketplace wants you to bring morality to the marketplace. Steven Martinovich says the effort is welcome

Enter Stage Right's Best Books of 2008: We've seen better years for books but Steven Martinovich says there were eleven in 2008 which grabbed our attention

End of the road: Happy New Year! Now get ready for the coming financial apocalypse predicted by The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets: How to Keep Your Portfolio Up When the Market is Down, says Steven Martinovich

Society's cesspool: Overexposed: The Price of Fame promises to a deep look at how celebrity and entertainment journalism intersect but Steven Martinovich found it almost as shallow as the starlets discussed

Giving education a failing grade: The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--And What We Can Do About It argues that American education is failing and purports to have the cure, reports Steven Martinovich

How America became the arsenal of freedom: Steve Martinovich thought American Rifle: A Biography was one of the best treatments of firearms history he's ever read

Graduating into war: Steve Martinovich found Bill Murphy Jr.'s In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002 a great bit of storytelling

Why they talked, and what they want: Why did the soldiers of In a Time of War talk to Bill Murphy Jr.? Because they have a simple request for their fellow Americans

The less righteous side of American history: As Failures of the Presidents: From the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq proves, nobody is perfect. Steve Martinovich says neither was the book but he still enjoyed it

High court, low humour: Steve Martinovich really wanted to like Christopher Buckley's latest satirical novel, Supreme Courtship, but thinks it failed

Searching for Stacy: What happened to Stacy Peterson? Steve Martinovich says Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson doesn't answer that question, not for a lack of effort

The tank isn't empty: Is the world running out of oil? Steve Martinovich found The Myth of the Oil Crisis: Overcoming the Challenges of Depletion, Geopolitics, and Global Warming to be an effective rejoinder

America and its energy future: Steve Martinovich thought A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment was a liberal's dream when it comes to American energy policy

A life of service: Steve Martinovich was very impressed by Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom, LTG (Ret.) William G. Boykin's memoirs of combat and faith

Goldwater in his own words: Whether you loved him or hated him, writes Steve Martinovich, Pure Goldwater shows Barry Goldwater as a true political force

The new Cold War: Super spy Gabriel Allon is back in Daniel Silva's Moscow Rules, an effort that Steve Martinovich finds mostly satisfying

The storm of simple: Life isn't getting any simpler and Steve Martinovich says Jeffrey Kluger's Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) explains why

The land and the grape are one: Steve Martinovich is no fan of wine snobs so he was pleasantly surprised by Neal I. Rosenthal's Reflections of a Wine Merchant

Everything old is new again: A Conservative History of the American Left shows that when it comes to political ideology, the American left isn't afraid to mine its own history repeatedly, reports W. James Antle III

How the wheels are really greased: Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power profiles some of the big power players in Washington, D.C. and left Steve Martinovich a little cynical

From the darkness and into the light: Is film noir an inherently conservative art form? Thomas Hibbs argues that in Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption and Steve Martinovich is convinced

The angry novelist: Steven Martinovich thinks Martin Amis is a supremely talented writer but The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom, a collection of essays and short stories, doesn't succeed

War and honour in the desert: Steven Pressfield's Killing Rommel: A Novel is the latest in the author's historical war novels and Steven Martinovich thinks its a winner

The great man theory: What makes for a truly great political leader? Steve Martinovich says The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics attempts to answer that question...and with great success

Everything you know is wrong: Think you know all about the early history of North American exploration and settlement? Steve Martinovich says A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World will likely prove you wrong

The iceberg dead ahead: - Where Does the Money Go?: Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis shows that America must start making some serious decisions right now if the economy is to avoid floundering, writes Steve Martinovich

Terror from the left: Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning proves a history of fascism is a history of the political left, writes Bernard Chapin

High culture warrior: Roger Scruton's Culture Counts: Faith and Feeling in a World Besieged is a rousing defense of Western culture and the fight to save it, reports John W. Nelson

The rise of the dark horse: Can a third party candidate actually win the American presidency? Douglas Schoen argues in the affirmative in Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System and Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts

Ending the tyranny of oil: Could the United States become energy independent by switching from oil to an alcohol-basede economy? Robert Zubrin's Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil says yes and Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts

The high cost of overeating: Everyone seems to be getting fatter and The Fattening of America: How The Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What To Do About It answers if we can do anything about it, writes Steven Martinovich

Forward to compromise!: Compromise isn't necessarily a bad thing, says Steven Martinovich, and In The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country and Why It Can Again makes that case...mostly

The high price of blood: The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 is the latest in Rick Atkinson's trilogy covering the Second World War and is a must read, says Steven Martinovich

The world through the mapmaker's eyes: Some liberal editorializing nearly derails it but Steven Martinovich still enjoyed the dazzling coffee table book Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations

Marriage for mollusks: Why does Bernard Chapin read self-improvement books? So you don't have to. With that in mind, his review of The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work makes total sense

The threat to America: While she disagreed with many of his conclusions, Carol Devine-Molin did appreciate some Pat Buchanan views in Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart

What's not great about Christianity?: Bernard Chapin is happy that Dinesh D'Souza decided to defend Christianity with his latest effort What's So Great About Christianity

Death world: Just in time for Halloween, Mark Wegierski presents a review of T. P. Bragg's The White Rooms -- a tale of the courageous fight for humanity in a baroque, post-apocalyptic setting of a medical and genetic engineering catastrophe

JFK and the punitive liberals: Bernard Chapin thinks Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism brilliant effort

US misandry: US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Man purports to be a study of the American male but Bernard Chapin found it to be self-loathing

Katie Couric: Profile of female privilege: Liberals may hate Edward Klein's Katie: The Real Story but Bernard Chapin says it's one that needed to be written

Attempting to uncover the real Hillary Clinton: Steve Martinovich thought that Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton was a reasonably balanced view of the New York senator

For sale: Mass destruction: The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor is a disappointing look of an important subject, says Steven Martinovich

Season of miracles: Steve Martinovich has nothing but praise for Hurricane Season: A Coach, His Team, and Their Triumph in the Time of Katrina a story of a high school football team that wouldn't allow anything -- including a hurricane -- to stop them

World at war: The world presented in Greg Bear's novel Quantico is a terrifying one and what's worse, writes Steve Martinovich, it's all too plausible

A tough cut of a book: Daniel M. Ryan says that Mobs, Messiahs and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics betrays its cynical mind set -- and that's not a bad thing

Iron will: Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power isn't entirely successful in exploring the current secretary of state but Steve Martinovich says it's still a worthwhile read

Invasion of the humor snatchers: Conservative critics of the Bush Administration have plenty of good arguments but W. James Antle III says you won't find then in Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy-Rollers and the Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP

The art of deception: John W. Nelson won't lie: He really enjoyed Ken Adler's The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession

God is still not dead: Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything is blasphemous but entertaining. What's the problem? Steven Martinovich didn't find it very convincing

A brief tour of schmuckdom: Bernard Chapin is a big fan of Jackie Mason so it isn't a surprise that he enjoyed Schmucks!: Our Favorite Fakes, Frauds, Lowlifes, Liars, the Armed and Dangerous, and Good Guys Gone Bad

The old new rules to succeed: Steven Martinovich wasn't terribly impressed by the career advice presented in Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success

Tyler Durden's worst nightmare: Steve Martinovich didn't particularly care for the pro-advertising message in Watch This, Listen Up, Click Here: Inside the 300 Billion Dollar Business Behind the Media You Constantly Consume

Hillary Clinton: A Trojan Horse?: Do we really need another book telling us how awful a person Hillary Clinton is? Bernard Chapin says if we do, The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton is a good one to have

The high cost of oil: Discovering oil is supposed to make you rich but Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil shows that it is at best a mixed blessing for Africa, says Steven Martinovich

The struggle for better: Atul Gawande has a justified reputation as a great medical writer and Steve Martinovich says Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance proves it

Death of a people: The Holocaust, the collapse of Zimbabwe and a son learning who is father is all make up When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa, one of the finest memoirs Steve Martinovich has read in years

How America lost the winnable war: Mark Moyar argues in Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 that the United States was on the way of defeating communism in South Vietnam when it decided to lose the war, writes Steven Martinovich

The storm after the calm: Steve Martinovich thought that Martha Raddatz's The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family was a fantastic look at a horrific battle fought by America's soldiers in Sadr City

When satire and reality collide head-on: Are you surprised that Generation Xer Steve Martinovich loved Christopher Buckley's Boomsday, a novel whose heroine advocates voluntary suicide by Baby Boomers to save Social Security?

The high price of success: The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids purports to be a study of America's growing number of extreme Type A high school students. Steve Martinovich wasn't convinced

Of rights and character assassination: Bernard Chapin wishes the book were a bit longer but other than that he only has raves for David Horowitz's Indoctrination U: The Left's War Against Academic Freedom

It began in the Nineteenth Century: It isn't a perfect effort but Daniel M. Ryan says that Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History Of The Modern Libertarian Movement did fine work exploring the subject matter

Scholarly pursuit: As with most things Nazi Germany was rigorous in the "science" of anti-Semitism. John W. Nelson says Studying the Jew: Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany does a marvelous job in exploring the subject matter

The Best Books of 2006: Wearing his book editor hat Steve Martinovich picks what he thought were the best books that Enter Stage Right reviewed in 2006

The evolution of the feminist: A profanity laden book written by a feminist from the Betty Friedan wing of the movement? Bernard Chapin says some conservatives will actually enjoy The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability

Understanding the Democrats: It's a pity that more people didn't read David Limbaugh's Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Democratic Party before voting earlier this month, writes Christopher Adamo. Things might have been different

Why can't we save our own country?: Bernard Chapin says that Pat Buchanan's State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America tells it like it is, whether you want to hear the message or not

A room with a brew: John W. Nelson liked the idea of Where Men Hide, an exploration of the spaces men use to get away from it all, but he thinks James B. Twitchell wasn't the right person to write the book

Nietzsche was wrong: Thomas E. Brewton has nothing but praise for Republicanism, Religion, and the Soul of America, an investigation into the religious character of America

The truth behind the conspiracy theories: Jews...the Bush Administration...space aliens. Everyone was to blame for 9/11. Damian Penny reviews Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts, an investigation into the wacky theories surrounding that horrible day

When academics write film books: All Thomas M. Sipos wanted was a pleasant investigation of George Romero's zombie classics. Instead, he got the politically charged Gospel of the Living Dead

The end of the world is nigh! Invest now!: Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors treads where other efforts have already gone and nowhere near as well, writes Steve Martinovich

Love and tyranny in the USA: Lady was a fan of Matthew Bracken's Enemies Foreign and Domestic and she wasn't disappointed by its follow-up Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista

Blueprint for Democrats: Deceive and conquer: Bruce Walker says that The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party has the goods in chronicling how radicals like George Soros took control of America's left wing

The cause of poor education: Why are America's children being taught so poorly? Nancy Salvato says Why Kids Can't Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education answers that question

The art of dressing well: No, The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style isn't about what to wear while ruling your domain. It is an informed and unique guide to how men should dress, says Steven Martinovich

Changing things: John Cox wants to be president of the United States and Politic$, Inc.: Principle, Not Profit: Why We Need Statesmen, Not Career Politicians is his manifesto. Nathan Tabor reviews his efforts

White guilt: Today, tomorrow, and forever: Shelby Steel's White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era argues that the civil rights movement was undermined before it could achieve its promise and Bernard Chapin reviews his efforts

The truth behind the story: Know what The Rose Line is? Confused about the early history of Christianity? Steve Martinovich says The Da Vinci Codebreaker: An Easy-to-use Fact Checker will set you straight

Long John Teddy Bear: Golfer John Daly comes across as a very human -- and broken -- person in My Life in and Out of the Rough: The Truth Behind All that Bull**** You Think You Know About Me writes Bernard Chapin

How you too can become a millionaire like the author of The Da Vinci Code: It's not difficult to become a millionaire author, says Rachel Alexander. Just write a book purporting to tell the secret history of Christianity and you'll be in the money

Did you hear the one about the meat growing trees?: We live in a world make up of the fake and Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. is a useful guide to making your way through it, says Steve Martinovich

The lessons of love: The Book of Trouble: A Romance could have been one of those typical romance memoirs but Steve Martinovich says Ann Marlowe elevated her effort far past that

The last days of manliness: If being a man needs defending in today's world, writes Bernard Chapin, then Harvey C. Mansfield's Manliness does a superb job

Fukuyama's John Kerry moment: Francis Fukuyama makes some convincing points against the war in Iraq and the Bush administration's foreign in policy in America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy but Steve Martinovich finds it ultimately unconvincing

Life in verse: Steven C. Caton's Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Mediation is a marvelous piece of personal history and cultural exploration, writes Steven Martinovich

The House & Garden conservatives: Rod Dreher's attempt to create an conservative environmentalist movement with Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, ... America (or at least the Republican Party) is out to lunch, writes Bernard Chapin

Take the gangstas bowling: An endview: Bernard Chapin's new book, Escape from Gangsta Island: A School's Progressive Decline, is now officially available and he updates us on some of the real-life characters in the book

The federocracy: Explained and indicted: Edwin J. Feulner and Doug Wilson's Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today is a no-holds barred attack on the federal government and how it "helps" Americans, writes Bernard Chapin

Into a brave new world: Steve Martinovich believes that Ronald Bailey accomplished his goal of defending biotech with Liberation Biology: The Scientific And Moral Case For The Biotech Revolution

Changing the rules: A nation's sovereignty is neither absolute or non-existent, argues Orrin Judd's Redefining Sovereignty: The Battle for the Moral High Ground in a Changing World, a collection of essays from thinkers on the issue. Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts

The perpetual teach-in for perpetual indoctrination: The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America is an astounding and disturbing tour of some of America's more worrisome holders of tenure, says Bernard Chapin

A book worth the reading on keeping American strong and free: Stephen M. Lilienthal thought that Frank J. Gaffney Jr.'s War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take To Prevail In The War For The Free World should be a wake-up call for all Americans

The optimistic warrior: Thomas Barnett has a strategic roadmap for the world in Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating to achieve peace in our time. Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts

The government's entitlement program: Robert Higgs argues in Resurgence of the Warfare State: The Crisis Since 9/11 that the Bush administration is has damaged America since 9/11. Steve Martinovich grants him some of his points but considers the effort a failure

A profile of madness: If you want to understand the madness that is Kim Jong Il, says Damian Penny, you won't go wrong with Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea

The radical feminist plague: Feminists have been on a warpath against Women Who Make the World Worse And How Their Radical Feminist Assault is Ruining Our Families, Military, Schools, and Sports so perhaps not surprisingly Bernard Chapin loved it

Morphing Bush into mahogany: With Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush Fred Barnes attempts to paint Dubya as a political outsider. Were that only so, responds Bernard Chapin

The man who defined the world: Steve Martinovich found Henry Hitchings' Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary a marvelous account of the first modern English-language dictionary

The metrosexual as lion: Bernard Chapin didn't particularly care for Neil Strauss, the author of The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, or the games he played to score women

The Best Books of 2005: The staff of ESR tried to read every book that was published last year but fell a little short. That's not preventing them from offering up their choices for the best of 2005

The warrior soul: George S. Patton was a complicated man and one of the greatest generals in the history of warfare. John W. Nelson says that Trevor Royle's Patton: Old Blood and Guts is a worthy exploration of the man

The battle on campus: The latest generation of conservatives on campus are ready to do battle, explains Brendan Steinhauser in an excerpt from his new book The Conservative Revolution: How to Win the Battle for College Campuses

Fighting the war: Jim Burho tackles anti-Iraq war opponents in Hello America! An International Debate on the Events Leading to the War in Iraq and Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts

Off the mark: Regardless of how you feel about pornography, writes Bernard Chapin, Pornified: How Pornography is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families is little more than a poorly written feminist screed

Infidelity chic: Undressing Infidelity: Why More Wives are Unfaithful is the latest in a series of books that promotes infidelity and it couldn't even do that skillfully, says Bernard Chapin

Dressing like a man: Despite no excuse for doing so, men continue to dress appallingly. Steve Martinovich says Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress is one way to fix that problem

A handheld civics lesson: It isn't perfect but in this age of shoddy civics classes, writes Steven Martinovich, The Pocket Book of Patriotism is a good educational aid about the basics of the United States

The mutating virus of militant Islamism: Steve Martinovich rarely describes a book as a "must read" but he does so with Fawaz Gerges' The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global, an exploration into why militant Islam switched targets and attacked the West

American conservatism's family stories: Steve Martinovich found Priscilla Buckley's Living It Up with National Review: A Memoir to be a charming remembrance of her time at the National Review and frequent travels around the world

The passive-aggressive superpower: Will Europe dominate the 21st century? Mark Leonard's Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century says yes. Steven Martinovich isn't so convinced

Men of ideas: Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding covers ground that has been trod many times but it's a total failure, writes Steven Martinovich

The war on America: Gary Schneider writes that The ACLU vs America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values builds a strong case against the left's leading civil rights advocate

Hollywood and the media: Liberals' last resort: Christian Hartsock says that Hollywood Nation: Left Coast Lies, Old Media Spin and the New Media Revolution is a successful expose of a corrupted Hollywood culture

Where death lives: Kang Chol-Hwan's The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag is a powerful indictment of a nation that has essentially made the concept of shared humanity illegal

The end of cheap gas: Steve Martinovich found Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy to be one heck of a wake-up call

Recognition of consequences: David Horowitz's latest book, The End of Time, isn't a heated polemic but rather a meditation on life, death and what it all means, says Bernard Chapin

The price of black money: Steve Martinovich had some problems with The Washing Machine: How Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Soils Us but he feels it's still an interesting introduction to the subject matter

The high cost of labor: Steve Martinovich found Giles Milton's White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and Islam's One Million White Slaves to be a fascinating introduction to a nearly forgotten episode in history

Man of faith: John Grant's John Adams: Party of One tells the true story of John Adams, a man who stood alone but was also armed with the power of his faith, writes Steve Farrell

Characters fail debut novelist: Actually Steve Martinovich found that plenty of things failed The Coast of Akron, the debut novel by Adrienne Miller, but he also sees a bright future for her

Porn nation: Bernard Chapin is sympathetic to Ben Shapiro's concerns but he thinks Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism is Corrupting our Future went way over the top

The medical world's Howard Roark: Gen LeGreca's Noble Vision -- a story about the battle over government provided health care -- is a novel that Ayn Rand could have written, writes Gennady Stolyarov II

Exploring Muhammad's legacy: Everyone thinks they know what Islam is about. Steve Martinovich says that reading No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam will straighten out the wrongheaded beliefs of many of those people

Our unmasterable past: The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History earned the ire of many cultural commentators but Bernard Chapin says we need more books like it

Lawrence of Africa: Steve Martinovich will admit some bias: Richard Zacks is one of his favourite writers. Despite that, you can trust his opinion that The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805 is a rousing success

A brother's questions: Novelist Uwe Timm wrote In My Brother's Shadow: A Life and Death in the SS to try and understand a brother he never knew and a nation that went mad. Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts

New life for the oldest hatred: It's not perfect but Damian Penny says that Those Who Forget the Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism is a worthy exploration of the ages-old problem of anti-Semitism

The truth about the world's favorite murderer: If you're tired of Fidel Castro's international fan club Steve Martinovich says you'll love Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant

Single male alone…and on fire: If single men have cause to rant, writes Bernard Chapin, then Thomas Ellis' The Rantings of a Single Male: Losing Patience with Feminism, Political Correctness, and Basically Everything explains why

Harvard Law's schism over free speech: Harvard may be home of America's preeminent law school but it also one of the nation's leaders in squelching free speech. Rachel Alexander reviews The People V. Harvard Law: How America's Oldest Law School Turned Its Back on Free Speech

Thank you for not sharing: Man of few words Bernard Chapin hails One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance by Christina Hoff Sommers and Sally Satel

Viva la South Park revolucion!: America's liberals are nervous because a new breed of conservatives have risen. The new right is mad as hell and they won't &$#@)!% take it anymore. Bernard Chapin reviews South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias

The danger from the east: Jerome R. Corsi's Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians paints a terrible picture of a violent and radical Iran armed with nuclear weapons, says Carol Devine-Molin

The struggle for Latin American liberty: Although it had some problems Steve Martinovich still found Alvaro Vargas Llosa's Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression a valuable effort

Liberty's most able foot soldier: Whether you're a libertarian or not, argues Steven Martinovich, there's plenty in the compilation Choice: The Best of Reason to get you thinking

Les hommes de l'empire: France has long been blasted for its colonial record and the men responsible for it but Steve Martinovich says that Cultured Force: Makers and Defenders of the French Colonial Empire goes a long way in resuscitating their reputations

A profile in courage: Steve Martinovich thinks the word "hero" is used a bit too often these days but he has no problems with calling U.S. Army Captain David Rozelle one after reading Back in Action: An American Soldier's Story of Courage, Faith and Fortitude

The kids aren't alright: Are American middle-class teens receiving a raw deal from society? Steve Martinovich accepts that a good many are but he still had to pan The Road to Whatever: Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence

Newt: The futurist: Carol Devine-Molin believes that Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America should be required reading for everyone

A cultural counter-revolution: Fan Shen's Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard tells the story of a society that banned freedom and thought. Damian Penny reviews his efforts

The day that changed the world: Steve Martinovich thought that The Fly in the Cathedral: How A Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won The Race to Split the Atom was a...err...smashing piece of work

Recipe of a life: As a chronicle of writer M.F.K. Fisher's life, Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, did a decent job. Steve Martinovich just wishes it had been a bit more

The law's greatest advocate: Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice is a potent argument for why Antonin Scalia should be respected by every American, writes Steven Martinovich

Simms on football: The NFL's season is one game away from completion but that doesn't mean you shouldn't pick up Sunday Morning Quarterback: Going Deep on the Strategies, Myths & Mayhem of Football, says Steven Martinovich

The rise of the American empire: Steve Martinovich hails The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed as the best criticism of America's interventionist foreign policy to come from either the left or right in recent years

Enemy of the state: My Father's Rifle: A Childhood in Kurdistan tells the story of a Kurdish boy who discovers far too early in life how difficult simply existing can be, writes Steve Martinovich

Failing to make the case: Rachel Alexander argues that Michael Scheuer's Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror is a one-sided and unconvincing affair

Changing the climate: He would have preferred a little more plot and character development but Steve Martinovich still enjoyed Michael Crichton's latest novel State Of Fear

The war after the war: Steven Vincent explores post-war Iraq in In The Red Zone: A Journey into the Soul of Iraq and he's cautiously optimistic about that nation's future, reports Steve Martinovich

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