Tom Rogan

The World’s Iran Problem

Review: Ilan Berman, ‘Iran’s Deadly Ambition’

Iranian demonstrators burn a representation of the U.S. flag in an annual pro-Palestinian rally marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) DayIlan Berman’s new book refutes the claim that Iran is entertaining an enlightened rapprochement with the rest of the world. His central argument is simple: Iran’s nature—a revolutionary theocracy with a global mission—precludes peaceful democratic coexistence.

The Suffering and the Charm of Sicily

Review: John Norwich, ‘Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History’

High angle view of Mt Etna over Cesaro cityscape, Messina, SicilyJohn Norwich’s Sicily is the author’s “valediction” to a place he has visited many times, a blend of history and travel writing.

Southern Hospitality

Review: Christopher Dickey, ‘Our Man in Charleston’

“The Fort has surrendered unconditionally, I believe. So far as I can learn, not one soul has been hurt on either side, which after 33 hours bombarding is a little curious. But we live in curious times.”

For the Liberty of France

Review: Charles Kaiser, ‘The Cost of Courage’

German Nazis block the streets with barricades after invading the city of Reims, France, on June 12, 1940 during World War IIIn late 1944, Charles Kaiser’s uncle, a U.S. Army lieutenant, stayed for a while at the Paris residence of two sisters, Christiane and Jacqueline Boulloche. So began a relationship that would eventually lead Kaiser to write his new book, The Cost of Courage. An American journalist, Mr. Kaiser has designed this book about the French resistance for an American audience. This account of the resistance provides unique insight into the history of one French family and a courageous struggle against Nazism.

Bush the Elder

Review: John Sununu, ‘The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George HW Bush’

George H.W. BushIn The Quiet Man, John Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire, writes affectionately of the presidency of George HW Bush. As Bush’s chief of staff, Sununu was with the president for all of the significant moments of his consequential term in office. Though admittedly biased, this assessment of Mr. Bush’s record is made worthwhile by the new details it brings to old stories.

Nightmare in Norway

Review: Asne Seierstad, ‘One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik’

Asne Seierstad doesn’t hold anything back in her meticulous study of Anders Breivik, the man who murdered 77 innocent people in Norway’s capital, Oslo, and on Utoya Island in 2011.

UK Conservatives Win a Stunning Victory

Analysis: What happened and what comes next in the United Kingdom

David Cameron“It is a victory most Tories could never have dreamed of, and a defeat beyond the nightmares of most of their opponents.”

The End of the Republic

Review: Barry Strauss’ 'The Death of Caesar'

Barry Strauss’ The Death of Caesar begins with the triumphant Julius returning to Rome, surrounded by allies and well-wishers—many of whom would eventually take part in the plot to kill him—and then takes the reader on a compelling tour of the events surrounding Caesar’s assassination and the subsequent struggle between competing parties and conceptions of Roman government.

Nuclear Terrorism in America

Review: ‘Right of Boom’ by Benjamin E. Schwartz

Benjamin Schwartz deserves much credit. Annihilating the claim that terrorism isn’t an existential threat to America, Schwartz’s new book, Right of Boom, forces us to consider what just one atomic explosion might mean for humanity’s future. Even better for a book about public policy, he writes with accessibility for serious readers, neither talking down to us nor assuming that we have technical expertise in his field.

The Roots of Our Disagreement

Review: William D. Gairdner’s ‘The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives Will Never, Ever Agree’

William Gairdner is an Olympic athlete with four degrees, multiple books to his name and careers in both business and teaching in universities. Now, he has written The Great Divide, a discussion of the toxicity now infecting discourse between liberals and conservatives.