Book reviews

REVIEW: ‘Hot Cup of Joe,’ The Sexy Biden Coloring Book

"After years of sharing him with Barack, now you can have handsome and dependable Joe Biden all to yourself." So proclaims the back cover of Hot Cup of Joe: A Piping Hot Coloring Book with America's Sexiest Moderate, Joe Biden, a thirsty ode to the former vice president of the United States and presumptive Democratic nominee for president, health permitting.

REVIEW: ‘No, You Shut Up’ by Symone Sanders

A wildly successful 30-year-old TV pundit and would-be WH press secretary just wants to be heard

If you’re like most level-headed Americans and don’t pay attention to cable news, you might not know that Symone Sanders has been on television. After reading her recently published memoir, you won’t be able to forget it.

Review: Foretelling the End of Capitalism

Occupy Wall Street participants stage a march down Broadway"Big structural change" is back in vogue. The 2010s saw the return of the left’s boldest claim: that history’s wheel would finally turn and capitalism would at long last end. From the fervor surrounding Occupy Wall Street emerged a flurry of books arguing capitalism had exhausted itself (like David Wallerstein’s Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism) or rewriting basic economic principles (like Thomas Piketty’s much-publicized Capital in the Twenty-First Century). Not since the 19th century have expectations of broad and rapid change been so popular.

Review: Linda Sarsour’s ‘We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders’

During crises, it can be important to look to the past for reminders of normalcy. Linda Sarsour's new memoir, We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders, offers such an escape, reminding readers of the pre-pandemic era when people still talked about things like "white privilege" and the "liberation of Palestine." Published shortly before the coronavirus outbreak evolved into a pandemic and much of the United States shut down to confront a global health emergency, Sarsour's book offers a message that is now alien to the current moment.

Review: Ross Douthat’s ‘The Decadent Society’

New York Times opinion columnist Ross Douthat may be America's most widely read conservative. It is a testament to his singular skill and wisdom, then, that he has written so thoughtful and compelling a book that bemoans the end of progress. The Decadent Society, his fifth full-length offering, is Douthat at his best—clever, considered, counterintuitive, and shot through with insight about modern America.

Review: ‘Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump’

White HouseSince President Donald Trump took office, the media have spilled oceans of ink on the conflicts coming from inside his White House. While his first year had notable ideological splits among staffers and a high turnover, such internecine conflict is far from new, as shown in Tevi Troy's latest book Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.

Review: ‘The Manipulators’ by Peter Hasson

FacebookIf there is one word to describe The Manipulators, the excellent new book from Daily Caller editor Peter J. Hasson, it must be "outrageous." That is not to say that Hasson's work—staid and thoroughly researched—is outrageous, but that the story he tells should leave any sensible reader, conservative or otherwise, outraged.