The Last King, Ulysses, Nero, Joe and More

Featured image A couple of years ago one of my kids gave me Andrew Roberts’ biography of Napoleon for Christmas. I read it, not too long after, and thought was terrific. I wrote about it on this site, and Andrew twitted me on Twitter for reviewing the book five years after it came out. So when another of my kids gave me Andrew’s new biography of George III for Christmas last year, »

Koonin suffers Romps

Featured image Several readers kindly directed me to the YouTube video of Professor Steven Koonin’s presentation on the state of climate science sponsored by Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department this past Friday. The video is posted here. The event featuring Koonin’s presentation paired Professor Koonin with Berkeley’s own Professor David Romps. The Nuclear Engineering Department promoted the event and profiled the participants here. Steve Hayward called attention to the event here. The event »

Today’s Live Stan

Featured image For early risers and those of you in the eastern time zone, my keynote speech at Troy University’s annual M. Stanton Evans Symposium will be live-streamed on Troy’s YouTube page and Facebook page, starting at 9:30 am Eastern time. [SCOTT adds: I think it’s 10:30 Eastern, 9:30 Central.] [STEVE adds: Sure enough, I have no idea what time zone I’m in.] You can guess the topic. I’ve been here less »

Today’s Stan: On Foreign Policy

Featured image Terrific time last night in Washington speaking about Stan Evans to the Frank Meyer Society. With the Ukraine crisis dividing the right, I thought readers might like this passage from the penultimate chapter, where Evans expressed some skepticism about neoconservative foreign policy (by the way, one of his quips from this period was: “A paleoconservative is a conservative who has been mugged by a neoconservative”): When President George H.W. Bush »

CRB: “The immortal Sowell” & more

Featured image I’ve been presenting previews of the Claremont Review of Books for more than 10 years. I am taking a break from promoting my favorite magazine that is in part prompted by “the Claremont question” that Steve Hayward raised with CRB editor Charles Kesler and Berkeley Law’s Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law John Yoo in Steve’s March 17 podcast. The CRB editors have posted the following highlights of the current »

Live Podcast Taping Tomorrow: Spotlight on Stan Evans

Featured image Tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 Pacific/7:30 eastern, the Three Whisky Happy Hour will record this week’s episode live on Zoom, with Lucretia interviewing me about M. Stanton Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom. (Which, if you haven’t heard yet, will be officially published in Monday.) Join us with your favorite end of week cocktail, and offer your questions (and recollections of Stan if you by chance you have some). You can »

Talking about M. Stanton Evans: Conservative Wit, Apostle of Freedom

Featured image Steven Hayward just concluded his conversation with AEI’s Matt Continetti about a certain book that is just days away from publication. Hint: Steve wrote the book. Steve is not exactly a tough interview, but Matt did an excellent job in hitting the high points. AEI’s live stream was converted to the video below a few seconds ago. There is not a dull moment in it and many laughs along the »

Today’s Stan: The Early Line on Reagan

Featured image Stan Evans, about whom a certain new book is just days away, was an early fan of Ronald Reagan, arguing as early as March of 1968 that Reagan—rather than Nixon (whom Evans disliked)—should be the GOP nominee. But it wasn’t simply Reagan’s conservatism that attracted his favor. He noticed Reagan’s broad appeal in California, and thought it could be extended to new constituencies on the national level, as indeed it »

Today’s Stan: On the “Great Society”

Featured image Today’s quote from a certain forthcoming book: Stan Evans, speaking to the Philadelphia Society in 1967, as LBJ’s “Great Society” was just getting rolling: The most important of the reversals which confronts us, the most important of the inversions worked upon the American system by the ministrations of the Great Society and of the other representatives of the liberal orthodoxy which have preceded it, is the inversion which has taken »

Upcoming Events

Featured image My biography of M. Stanton Evans comes out in another week, and there are two upcoming events to help launch the book that readers may wish to take in. Both will be livestreamed, but also available online after. This Tuesday afternoon (Match 15) at 2 pm eastern, Matt Continetti will host me for a book forum at AEI. Like most DC think tanks, AEI is not yet having events with »

Redistributing daylight

Featured image Daylight saving time is mistakenly credited to Benjamin Franklin. It may still be a good idea even if it wasn’t inspired by Franklin. Nevertheless, I find the commencement of daylight saving time today annoying. As a morning person, I am not the least bit pleased by the extension of dawn by an hour so early in the year. By the same token, do we really need to move sunset back »

Upcoming Events

Featured image For Bay Area readers with time on their hands, I’ve got two upcoming events that may be of interest. First, next Wednesday evening down in Menlo Park, I’ll be hosting Bjorn Lomborg at a Pacific Research Institute dinner at the Rosewood Sand Hill resort. Tickets start at $150. Details here. (The registration deadline is tomorrow I believe, so don’t wait!) Bjorn will talk about “Climate Change and Effective Policy: Is Alarmism »

Stalin’s library and mine

Featured image In his review of Stalin’s Library: A Dictator and His Books, by Geoffrey Roberts, Nigel Jones writes in the Spectator: Roberts takes us through Stalin’s life and shows how his reading molded his actions. Books transformed the bright seminary student into a ferocious revolutionary, prepared to sacrifice family, friends and a vast array of enemies — capitalists, kulaks, fellow Bolsheviks, imperialists, Trotskyist deviationists and millions of ordinary Soviet citizens — »

Lincoln with Chase(r)

Featured image Barton Swaim commends three new books in the popular history mode on Lincoln — by Brian Kilmeade, Brad Meltzer and John Avlon — in the Wall Street Journal’s Review section this weekend. Swaim recounts this anecdote lifted from John Avlon’s Lincoln and the Fight For Peace, with which Swaim concludes his review: On April 8, 1865, Lincoln visited Gen. Grant’s headquarters near Richmond and consoled wounded Union soldiers in a »

My Books of 2021

Featured image An old friend texted me last week to ask why I hadn’t done a post on books I read in 2021. There is no particular reason; I did such a post in 2019, but I don’t think I did one last year. But it is fun to think back and try to reconstruct my reading over the last year, and some of our readers may be interested in my reactions »

Is Joe Biden In the Pocket of the Chinese Communist Party?

Featured image Peter Schweizer is an excellent researcher who has built a solid body of work that, among other things, exposes corruption in America’s political class. His most recent book, Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win, is the most sensational yet. The New York Post has a long excerpt from Peter’s book relating to Joe Biden and his family (links omitted): For those wondering why Joe Biden is soft »

A footnote on “Troubles”

Featured image In my brief comments on Rebecca Donner’s All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, I skated over Donner’s treatment of the Harnacks’ communism and espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. The Harnacks’ communism is implicit and their espionage explicit in the narrative. I found Donner’s treatment of Mildred’s communism far more forthcoming than Erik Larson’s treatment of the same issue with respect to Martha Dodd in his Garden of »