BOOKS & CULTURE

Book Reviews

A review of “Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster,” by Robert Spencer (Bombadier Books, $28, 560 pages)

Why Trump the Peacemaker Won’t Win the Nobel Prize

In this age, when it has become fashionable to hate the land of our birth and our forefathers, Robert Spencer’s new book is a bracing reminder that America has indeed been great—and can be great again.

ow should we rate and rank America’s presidents? It’s not just an academic question or one for documentaries. How we rate our past presidents tells us much about the present and probably more about the future. Robert Spencer has come up with a whole new way of rating America’s presidents that deserves wide consideration. His […]

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Canceling Olympic Cancel Culture

It’s time for great Americans to finally get their gold.

he Olympic Games, scheduled for July and August in Tokyo, were called off this year due to COVID-19 fears. With no games expected until sometime next year, the time-out provides a chance to restore a hard-fought American win. In the 1972 Munich Olympics, the United States fielded a basketball team of Mike Bantam, Jim Brewer, […]

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The UFC Fights On

Once America’s most reviled sport, mixed martial arts seized center stage as the UFC continued staging live events while every other professional sports league took a knee on the sidelines.

’m not sure I truly appreciated what was happening in the world of mixed martial arts until UFC 252, when an off-duty cop named Chris Daukaus—fish-bellied and pale as a sheet—used precise boxing skills to beat the tar out of an extremely overweight but still game Parker Porter. They both sacrificed to get there: Daukaus, […]

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Get Ailes!

“The Man in the Arena” tells the story of a man in full. Roger Ailes was energetic, ambitious, unorthodox, creative, brilliant, charming, disarming, and a bunch of other things that made all kinds of different people yell, at critical moments, “Get Ailes!”

ho is the most consequential conservative of the past 30 years? When you think about it, it’s hard to come up with many plausible answers. Is it Newt Gingrich for what he did in the 1990s? The ’90s and 2000s were a virtual wasteland for conservatives. There’s no one, really, who comes to mind from […]

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The ‘Knives’ Are Out for You

Rian Johnson’s 2019 all-star “mystery” is propaganda, not a warning.

merican Greatness and I have collaborated on a project we call “American Greatness at the Movies.” The idea has been to alert you to good movies that celebrate America and to encourage you to consider attending them. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed that we are not exactly inundating you with […]

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The Mad Diversity Queen Under Siege

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division’s recognition of Yale’s discriminatory admissions process is a pleasant surprise to Americans weary of racial double standards.

fter a two-year investigation that Yale University officials derided as “hasty,” the Justice Department has declared the venerable school to be in violation of federal civil rights law. Yale’s color-conscious rejection of many highly-qualified Asian-American and white students is the problem. The policy inflicts “undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants,” as Assistant Attorney General […]

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A review of “Losing Control: How a Left-Right Coalition Blocked Immigration Reform and Provoked the Backlash that Elected Trump,” by Jerry Kammer (Center for Immigration Studies, 395 pages, $14.99) 

What the Unholy Left-Right Alliance Undermining Immigration Enforcement Means for the 2020 Election

There is no doubt that the election on November 3 will have a momentous effect on all the issues related to immigration policy.

he Democrats’ 2020 choice for vice-president of the United States is  Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California who has compared our courageous, underpaid, overworked, and often Latino, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to the Ku Klux Klan. How did we get here exactly? Let us look back and examine how immigration enforcement has been […]

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A review of “The Woke Supremacy: An Anti-Socialist Manifesto,” by Evan Sayet (Independently published, 158 pages, $9.99)

No Laughing Matter

Sometimes it takes a comedian to have both the perspective and the courage to speak the truth. Which makes Evan Sayet’s The Woke Supremacy essential reading today.

n Shakespeare, it is often not the nobles but rather the jester, alone, who has the perspective and the permission to see and speak the truth. In many ways, it is no different today. The preening political class teems with the timorous and the buffoonish, while a professional comedian has let slip his mask of […]

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Whatever Happened to Gary Cooper?

Cooper’s Marshal Will Kane does his job, in spite of everything people believe about themselves because he learns that people are not really good at heart.

n White Sands, New Mexico, stands a monument—a black obelisk—as historic as the sights in Monument Valley. The monument stands at Trinity, birthplace of the nuclear age. The monument stands like a desert plant, a simple but potent icon of the West. In the desert also lies the truth about the illusion of time, with […]

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A review of Victor Stops the School Bully by Keith Vitali and Sam Oates Parker House Publishing (2020), 46 pages. $17.99

Effective Methods to Counter Bullying

Victor Stops the School Bully is truly one of the best juvenile-fiction reads on the topic of bullying, bullying dynamics, and how to finally put an end to one of the gravest, often-underreported threats to child safety and wellbeing.

ullying, like all forms of physical, mental, and emotional abuse, is one of the myriad threats facing our children today with upwards of 20 percent to nearly half of all school-age children experiencing varying degrees of the abuse in the classroom and on the playground, and at least 15 percent having to deal with a […]

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A review of “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All,” by Michael Shellenberger (Harper, 432 pages, $29.99)

‘Apocalypse Never’ Takes Direct Aim at Consensus Climate Alarmism

This environmental humanist agenda that prioritizes love for humanity is a direct challenge to climate alarmists, who must now answer the question, as Michael Shellenberger writes “are they motivated by love for humanity or something closer to its opposite?”

An important new book by Michael Shellenberger, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, attempts to counter the common belief that climate change poses an imminent and existential threat to humanity and the planet. At 285 pages, this is a relatively short and very readable book, but it covers a lot of ground. And with […]

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Scorch the Field

It is good for us to play sometimes, and not fight. In reality, people are united by what the political utilitarian cannot recognize: by play and song and worship.

n 1947, a few months after Jackie Robinson had broken the color barrier in the National League, the Cleveland Indians jumped into the ring, signing Hall of Fame outfielder Larry Doby, who was in the middle of his career, and Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige, who was 41 years old and had spent what […]

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A review of “Wisdom and Folly: A Book of Devotional Doggerel,” by Joe Long (Covenant Books, 136 pages, $14.95)

A Long View of American Life

Do we choose wisdom or folly? We should choose wisely but, in the choosing, also make sure to bring along a sense of humor.

oe Long is an unusual poet, if by unusual you mean someone who values and understands tradition. While some of what passes for today’s poetic musings are neither amusing nor poetic, Long’s poetry stands out as a refreshing throwback in both of these categories. Long’s debut collection of poems, Wisdom and Folly: A Book of […]

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A review of “Capitol of Freedom: Restoring American Greatness,” by Ken Buck with Shonda Werry (Fidelis Books, 208 pages, $27)

A Blueprint for American Greatness

Rep. Ken Buck’s (R-Colo.) new book provides the blueprint for correcting the progressive curricula infecting our schools.

ou can’t fight somethin’ with nuthin’, as the old saying goes. The “something” I refer to is the progressive curricula populating so much of what passes for our education system these days. Speech codes and safe spaces are multiplying like rabbits on our college campuses. The Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” has franchised its “America is […]

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Handmaids’ Plot to Bring Fascism to America

If fascism comes to America, it will come from the Left. And while people occupy themselves in devising fantasies that supposedly are cautionary tales, our freedoms are being eroded by the day.

hat does a writer of left-liberal orientation do when he sees that the injustices he railed against all his life no longer exist in the way he feared, if they ever did to the extent he professed, and, if he were honest, he would have to admit that things have been quite good? Why, make […]

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The Excellence of ‘The Last Dance’

The 10-part Netflix documentary may not be the last word about Michael Jordan, but it is the best work about his greatness.

s symbolic as Superman’s S, as sleek as Nike’s Swoosh, the Jumpman logo is the silhouette of a man in midair. Like his likeness alone, like the image of a basketball player dancing in the sky, like the grand jeté of a long horizontal jump, Michael Jordan transcends sports and commerce. Like the original logo […]

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‘Virtue Signal’ Game Skewers
SJW Activism

Peter Thiel calls “Virtue Signal” a game for those who “are ready to wake up from woke!”

irtue Signal: The Game of Social Justice,” released earlier this year by Incel Riot Studios, is a humorous table-top card game of parody and snark about social justice activists. Petty power spats, microaggressions, and wacky plot twists abound as the Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) of the game spend more time fighting each other than for […]

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Decoding Howard Zinn’s Dark Vision of America

With the surplus of Zinn disciples running wild today, it may be that he would have simply blended in among the crowd.

n the course of a career that spanned over 50 years, one man seized the mantle of the accepted voice of critical history for the revisionist Left: Howard Zinn. His book A People’s History of the United States sought to teach young readers to see America from the perspective of the disadvantaged. What resulted was […]

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Poetry Magazine Caves to the Mob

Postmodern drivel is unsavory enough when it’s coming from business leaders and the like. But when it’s coming from people who hold responsible positions in the literary world it’s especially appalling.

n or about December 1910,” wrote Virginia Woolf in a 1924 essay, “human nature changed.” Woolf was exaggerating for effect, but it’s true that in the first years of the 20th century, imaginative artists of every stripe responded to the rapid social changes and technological developments of the day—and to the profoundly challenging ideas of […]

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A review “Communist China’s War Inside America,” by Brian Kennedy (Encounter, 49 pages, $7.99)

Common Sense About China

China’s goal, Brian Kennedy writes, is “demoralizing the United States to the point where America believes that further resistance is futile.” They can’t succeed without the help of America’s elite.

omething really strange is going on in America today. If you have wondered why political correctness requires you to avoid using the word “Chinese” with regard to a virus that came from China, then I have the book for you. It’s Communist China’s War Inside America by my friend Brian Kennedy. The good news is […]