New Book- The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House

[by Mark Safranski / a.k.a  “zen“] The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House […] by Zalmay Khalilzad Just received a courtesy review copy of The Envoy, the memoir of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, from Christine at St. Martin’s Press. Khalilzad was part of a small group of diplomatic troubleshooters and heavy hitters for the second Bush […] Read more »

Book Bonanza

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] My usual yuletide haul of books received and purchased….                         The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum Avoiding Armageddon: […] Read more »

New Books

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“]     The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip Hop and the Gods of New York by Michael Muhammed Knight Ideal by Ayn Rand The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger […] Read more »

New Books

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Hit Half-Price Books recently….           Leadership by James MacGregor Burns How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil Goebbels by Peter Longerich I Will Bear Witness by Victor Klemperer The Red Baron (Autobiography) Memoir of a Revolutionary by Milovan Djilas The Haunted Wood by Alexander Vassiliev and Allen Weinstein […] Read more »

Two Mini Reviews

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] I have a tremendous backlog of good books to review that I have read in recent months and I am facing the fact that it is dubious that I will ever to get to feature most of them here.  As a stopgap, I am going to try a few mini-reviews […] Read more »

New Books

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“]            The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft ad the Call of National Security by Bartholomew Sparrow The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan The Memoirs of Ernst Rohm by Ernst Rohm Heinrich Himmler by Peter Longerich  The Origins of the Final Solution by Christopher Browning The Hitler Book: The […] Read more »

Three Books New and Three Books Used

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"]             Diary of the Dark Years by Jean Guéhenno  Augustus by Adrian Goldsworthy  The Nixon Tapes edited by Douglas Brinkley & Luke Nichter  Japanese Swordsmanship: Technique and Practice by Gordon Warner & Donn F. Draeger  The French Secret Services by Douglas Porch Russia, the Atom and the West by George […] Read more »

More Books for the Antilibrary

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"]           Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics by Frederic Spotts  Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind by Mark Pagel  How Hitler Could have Won WWII by Bevin Alexander The American Way of War: A History of American Military Strategy and Policy by Russell F. Weigley  All the [...] Read more »

REVIEW: The Orientalist by Tom Reiss

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] The Orientalist by Tom Reiss  Some biographies are as much about the era or the milieu as the man. The Orientalist is one of them. This is not to say that Tom Reiss has written a bad book. On the contrary, it is an enlightening and informative one, even for [...] Read more »

REVIEW: American Spartan by Ann Scott Tyson

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen'] American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant by Ann Scott Tyson  When I first posted that I had received a review copy of American Spartan from Callie, it stirred a vigorous debate in the comments section and also a flurry of email offline to me from [...] Read more »