history of the FBI’s secret enemy’s list

Fresh Air’s Terry Gross interviews Tim Weiner, author of a surprising new book on the FBI based on 70,000 pages of documents newly declassified. He presents a very nuanced view of J. Edgar Hoover, discounting rumors of his alleged homosexuality, his reasons for...

the NYT attacks the Kindle Fire

If it ain’t Apple, it ain’t golden — so think certain media elites. With Amazon’s Kindle Fire out for a month, the NYT took its shot: The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s heavily promoted tablet, is less than a blazing success with many of its early...

why nixon tops JFK and LBJ

Just about any ranking of US presidents puts Richard Nixon near the bottom and JFK in or near the top ten. Mostly this is because of how they left office, one a martyr, the other in disgrace. But which one actually did a good job as president? As we noted yesterday, a...

When Kennedy Blinked

He was young, dashing and inspired passion in his supporters en route to the White House. He was also green and naive. No, not Obama, JFK. From a review of Berlin 1961, by Charles McCarry On Jan. 21, the day after Kennedy’s inauguration, Khrushchev, looking for...

A Guru for All Seasons

Guy Sorman reviews a new biography of Mahatma Gandhi. …now, thanks to Lelyveld, a much-exposed private life, one is struck by the contradiction between Gandhi’s actual political failures and his enduring influence. After the 1930s, Gandhi had lost any...

tiger moms meets irish setter dad

P.J. O’Rourke takes on Amy Chua: What’s all this bother about Chinese Tiger Moms? Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has America’s female parents in a swivet. You’d have to take Sarah Palin to a NOW convention to see so many ladies mad at...