Culture

Ambrose Bierce

January 21, 2012

NATIONAL REVIEW February 6, 2012 ACID TEST JOHN J. MILLER Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales, & Memoirs, edited by S.T. Joshi (Library of America, 880 pp., $35) Everything changed for Ambrose Bierce the day he was shot in the head. At least that’s one theory about how a bright young man from Horse Cave […]

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TR’s Goal-Line Stand

April 1, 2011

NATIONAL REVIEW April 18, 2011 By Pat Sajak Review of: The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football, by John J. Miller (Harper, 272 pp., $25.99) Baseball may still try to market itself as our national pastime, but there’s little doubt that football is our national passion. By any measurement, the popularity of college and […]

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The Lion King

December 10, 2010

NATIONAL REVIEW December 5, 2005 THE LION KING JOHN J. MILLER When Lucy Pevensie says that she has walked through a wardrobe and discovered a new world called Narnia, her older brothers and sister don’t believe her. But little Lucy insists. By the fifth chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the classic […]

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Book Review: The Master Plan

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL January 27, 2006 A DEADLY DESIRE TO DO SOME DIGGING JOHN J. MILLER THE MASTER PLAN By Heather Pringle (Hyperion, 463 pages, $24.95) Near the beginning of the 1981 film “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” two men from U.S. Army Intelligence confer with Indiana Jones, the relic-hunting professor. “Over the last two […]

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Book Review: The Mighty Fitz

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL November 5, 2005 GONE IN NOVEMBER’S GALE JOHN J. MILLER Mighty Fitz By Michael Schumacher Bloomsbury, 243 pages, $24.95 THEY SAY that Lake Superior doesn’t give up her dead. It’s so cold that when bodies sink they tend to stay down, as surface-seeking bacteria go into a deep freeze. When the Edmund […]

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Book Review: Bound for Canaan

August 10, 2010

WALL STREET JOURNAL March 29, 2005 DESTINATION, FREEDOM JOHN J. MILLER BOUND FOR CANAAN By Fergus M. Bordewich (Amistad, 540 pages, $27.95) On a cold winter night in 1838, a woman carrying an infant fled across the frozen Ohio River. The ice had started to thaw, but she could hear the dogs of her pursuers […]

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