Books

The Power Line Show, Episode 40: DNC First Reads, Scott Pumps Iron with Charlie Rangel, and Yuval Levin

Featured image Tune in for Episode #40 of the Power Line Show, which offers our reactions and analysis to the first night of the Democratic National Convention as well as reflections on Trump’s coronation last week; also, we rib Scott Johnson for running away to a Trump-branded health spa in Florida that did not offer Trump steaks, but did offer Scott the opportunity to exercise with legendary Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel. Finally, »

Summer reading

Featured image NRO takes time out from politics to offer summer reading suggestions. The recommendations come from Richard Brookhiser, Nancy French, Kathryn Jean Lopez, David Pryce-Jones, Tevi Troy, Ian Tuttle, Hans von Spakovsky, and Kevin Williamson. I can recommend two of the books cited. The first is Karl Rove’s The Triumph of William McKinley. I wrote about that book here and here. The second is Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic, a brilliant »

Heather Mac Donald: Our legal order frays

Featured image Heather Mac Donald is the author of the book of the moment if not the year: The War On Cops: How the New Attack On Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. This is the book’s chapter 11, “America’s Legal Order Begins to Fray.” Heather writes: “I’m deliberately not getting involved in things I would have in the 1990s and 2000s,” an emergency-services officer in New York City tells me. »

Don Surber’s “Trump the Press”

Featured image The independent internet journalist Don Surber has produced a terrific short catalogue and analysis of how everyone—but especially the conservative commentariat—missed or misunderstood the rise of Donald Trump. You can order the e-book version of Trump the Press: Don Surber’s Take on How the Pundits Blew the 2016 Republican Race directly from Amazon subsidiary CreateSpace. The book is a wonderful catalogue of all the pundits who completely dismissed Trump from »

Trump University, for Real

Featured image The Chronicle of Higher Education emailed me a few weeks ago asking for a book recommendation or two for background reading to understand the Trump phenomenon. I recommended Jeffrey Bell’s fine 1992 book Populism and Elitism: Politics in the Age of Equality. (I think I also recommended Christopher Lasch’s The Revolt of the Elites.) As I explained to the Chronicle, Bell predicted that the conflict between left and right would be »

Taya Kyle pins Jesse Ventura on appeal

Featured image I wrote about Jesse Ventura’s defamation/unjust enrichment lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle in “American Sniper on trial” and in “American Sniper on trial: The verdict” and in American Sniper on trial: The appeal.” The case arises from a couple of pages now excised from the book about Kyle’s close encounter with Ventura at a bar in southern California. Ventura alleged that the story Kyle recounted was false and »

“Days of Rage” revisited

Featured image Bryan Burrough’s book Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence was published in paperback this past April. I read the book when it came out in hardcover last year and flipped over it. I recommend it highly to Power Line readers. Trying to copy Jay Nordlinger’s approach in his Impromptus columns at NR, I wrote about the book in “Notes on Days »

Loose Ends (4)

Featured image Today turns out to be the 75th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s famous lecture/sermon “The Weight of Glory.” You can read the whole thing at the link, but Justin Taylor also offers a good retrospective at The Gospel Coalition blog. You can see Lewis’s capacious mind on full display in this sermon, which ranged from the Stoics and Augustine and Thomas Aquinas clear through to Milton and Kant, never bogging down »

Ex-Secret Service Officer: White House staff lived in fear of Hillary

Featured image Emily Smith of the New York Post reports on some of the revelations in Crisis of Character, the soon-to-be-released book by former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne about life at the White House with Hillary Clinton. I discussed the book briefly here. According to Byrne, Hillary Clinton would be friendly one moment and then go into a rage. She repeatedly screamed obscenities at her husband, Secret Service personnel and White »

Ex-Secret Service agent blows whistle on Hillary

Featured image Donald Trump is a nasty piece of work, but is he nastier than Hillary Clinton? I expressed doubt that he is at the end of this post. In a few weeks, Crisis of Character by former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne, a “tell-all” book about Hillary’s time at the White House, will be released. “What I saw [at the White House] in the 1990s sickened me,” says Byrne. “I want »

CRB: Song of Troy

Featured image The origins of the Iliad and the Odyssey are shrouded in mystery, or just shrouded, but this much we know. They are two of the greatest poems ever composed. New translations by Robert Fagles with introductions by Bernard Knox were something of an event in the publishing world when they appeared in 1990 and 1996. I saw Fagles chant a portion of his translation of the Iliad before a packed »

CRB: Killers, saviors, heroes

Featured image Aristotle wrote a great book — the greatest? — on human greatness, The Nichomachean Ethics. Following in Aristotle’s footsteps, Professor Robert Faulkner wrote The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics. Now Tod Lindberg has returned our attention to the subject in The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern. Who better to review Lindberg’s book than Professor Faulkner? He does so in “Killers, saviors, heroes.” Professor Faulkner finds Lindberg’s »

CRB: Respecting the respectable

Featured image We continue our preview of the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books courtesy of our friends at the Claremont Institute. I have chosen one essay and three reviews for your consideration, but I had a hard time choosing among the riches on offer in the new issue. You can do your own choosing at the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 a year. Subscribe by clicking on Subscription Services »

Loose Ends (1)

Featured image I stumble across lots of little items in my eclectic reading pile that don’t rise to the level of deserving a whole item on Power Line (especially when they are about metaphysics, my weekend hobby), but which might be worth a sentence or two in a grab bag of things. So I’m going to start a new recurrent series called “Loose Ends.” Though I’m sure many readers will think it »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 36: “Frankfurters All the Way Down”

Featured image This episode of the Power Line Show features an interview with Michael Walsh about his fascinating recent book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West. Walsh explains how most of the nihilistic radicalism of our time derives from the “Frankfurt School,” the group of mid-20th century emigre philosophers whose eclectic post-Marxist thought can be found at the root of nearly everything wrong »

Power Line Show, Episode 35: “Dangerous Doctrine”

Featured image One of the things the Power Line Editorial Board did in our rare in-person gathering on Wednesday in John’s kitchen/newsroom was tape a new episode of the Power Line Show, where we kick around with Scott his daily beat reporting of the trial of the “Minnesota Men.”  You can access the episode through our custom window to the right, or listen down below. The heart of this show, however, is »

When Elvis met Nixon

Featured image With his superb two-volume biography of Elvis — Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love — Peter Guralnick has made himself the essential chronicler of Elvis’s story. Guralnick of course tells the true story of the day in December 1970 when Elvis met Nixon in the White House. The story of the visit provides insight into Elvis’s patriotism as well as comic relief in the denouement of Elvis’s life. The »