Some of our favorite writers published important new books this year. Several of them responded to our requests for comments discussing the books for Power Line readers. I want to note them along with a few other items of interest, as I did last year.
Adam Bellow, ed., New Threats to Freedom. Bellow discussed the book here.
Linda Bridges and Roger Kimball, eds., Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations: A William F. Buckley Jr. Omnibus. Kimball discussed the book here.
Chris Epting, Hello, It’s Me: Dispatches From a Pop Culture Junkie. The author is a Power Line reader who “celebrat[es] a wide variety of pop culture touchstones from the past 40 years.”
Charles Hill, Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order. Professor Hill discussed the book here.
Stephen Hunter, I, Sniper. Hunter is the Pulitzer Prize-winning former chief film critic of the Washington Post. His most recent collection of film criticism is Now Playing at the Valencia. Power Line makes a cameo appearance in Hunter’s new Bob Lee Swagger novel, which he discussed here.
Stanley Kurtz, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism. Paul Mirengoff discussed this important book in posts here and here, but please don’t report us to David Frum.
Andrew McCarthy, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. McCarthy discussed the book here.
James Robbins, This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive Robbins discussed the book here.
Gabriel Schoenfeld, Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law. Schoenfeld discussed this incredibly timely book here. In last week’s Wall Street Journal Schnoenfeld drew on the expertise on display in his book to address the case of Julian Assange.
Marc Thiessen, Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. Thiessen discussed the book here.
William Voegeli, Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State. Voegeli explored one theme of the book in this post.
Michael Walsh, Early Warning. Walsh discussed the book here.
Mark Steyn and Jessica Martin, “A Marshmallow World — Disco Fever Edition!” For Christmas 2008, columnist to the world Mark Steyn teamed up with his British show biz pal Jessica Martin on “A Marshmallow World,” a recording that contributed to the sum total of human happiness. It also proved popular, at one point reaching number 7 on Amazon’s bestselling easy listening downloads and number 41 on the main pop vocal chart. This year’s extended play compact disc reprises the original along with an alternate take and a disco version of “A Marshmallow World.” The highlight of this engaging encore is the “Director’s Bake” of the duo’s hilarious rendition of “Sweet Gingerbread Man.” Steyn and Martin display some serious chemistry this time around. Next year I hope they will return with a full-scale Al Hirt/Ann-Margaret “Beauty and the Beard” kind of outing.
UPDATE: All these items appear on our Power Line bookshelf.
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