US History: General

“His Father’s Son,” Pittsburgh Quarterly, Winter 2024, pp. 82-87. (Patti Hartigan, August Wilson: A Life).

“Spectator World Books of the Year 2023,” The Spectator, December 2023, pp. 44-45.

“Anxiety of Influence,” The Spectator, August 2023, pp. 50-51. (Seth A. Mirski, We May Dominate the World: Ambition, Anxiety and the Rise of the American Colossus).

“The Spectator’s Books of the Year 2020,” The Spectator, 4 December 2020.

“When Your Father’s Tied to Hoffa and the Mob,” Washington Post Book World, 17 November 2019, p. B6. (Jack Goldsmith, In Hoffa’s Shadow).

“A Twist in History,” Washington Post, 23 August 2006, p. C4. (Garrett Epps, Democracy Reborn).

Terry McDermott, Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It, in Wilson Quarterly 29 (Summer 2005): 119-20.

“Searching For Answers,” Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2005, pp. XIV-1, 5. (Joseph Lelyveld, Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop).

“Baring Their Souls,” Chicago Tribune, 3 April 2005, pp. XIV-4-5. (Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne, The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry).

“Images of a Growing Nation, From Census to Census,” New York Times, 13 October 2004, p. B9. (Sam Roberts, Who We Are Now).

“Reigniting a Cold Case,” Los Angeles Times Book Review, 5 October 2003, pp. 3-4. (Steve Oney, And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank).

“Visions of Vice and Virtue Rule a Nation’s Heart,” New York Times, 9 April 2003, p. E7. (James A. Morone, Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History).

“Mao Mix,” Village Voice, 9 July 2002, p. 50. (Max Elbaum, Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che).

“Out of the Ashes,” The American Lawyer, May 2001, pp. 93-97. (Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club).

“Goodnight Vietnam,” Washington Monthly 31 (December 1999): 50-52. (Frank Snepp, Irreparable Harm).

David J. Langum, Crossing Over the Line: Legislating Morality and the Mann Act, in Law and History Review 15 (Spring 1997): 190-191.

“Crime and Punishment,” New York Times Book Review, 23 April 1995,p. 33. (Wendy Kaminer, It’s All the Rage: Crime and Culture).

“The School of Hard Knocks,” Newsday, 9 October 1994, pp. 38-40. (James Traub, City on a Hill).

“The Protest Movement,” in Leon Friedman and William F. Levantrosser, eds., Watergate and Afterward: The Legacy of Richard M. Nixon (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), pp. 142-44.

Haynes Johnson, Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years, in Political Science Quarterly 107 (Spring 1992): 154-55.

Douglas Rose, ed., The Emergence of David Duke and the Politics of Race, in Georgia Historical Quarterly 76 (Winter 1992): 1018-19.

“A Teacher Who Made A Difference,” Washington Post Book World, 6 May 1990, pp. 1, 14. (Samuel Freedman, Small Victories).

“The Outer Limits of American Politics,” Washington Post Book World, 30 July 1989, p. 7. (Dennis King, Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism; Kevin Flynn & Gary Gerhart, The Silent Brotherhood).

“Tom Hayden, Born-Again Middle American,” Washington Post Book World, 22 May 1988, p. 4. (Tom Hayden, Reunion: A Memoir).

“Farm Workers’ Struggle,” The Progressive 50 (February 1986): 42-43. (J. Craig Jenkins, The Politics of Insurgency).

“Activist’s Warts,” The Progressive 49 (July 1985): 42-43. (Richard Cummings, The Pied Piper: Allard K. Lowenstein and the Liberal Dream).