John Wayne

May 2, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW May 19, 2014 ALL-AMERICAN JOHN J. MILLER John Wayne: The Life and Legend, by Scott Eyman (Simon & Schuster, 672 pp., $32.50) In “Among the Euro-Weenies,” a classic report on European attitudes toward America in the 1980s, P. J. O’Rourke describes going to dinner in London. “Your country’s never been invaded,” sniffs a […]

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Gov. John Kasich

April 5, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW April 21, 2014 THE MAILMAN’S SON John Kasich, working-class governor? JOHN J. MILLER Greenville, Ohio — Have you heard that John Kasich’s dad was a mailman? If not, then you’ve probably never been around Ohio’s Republican governor. “My father carried mail on his back for 29 years,” he says on March 14, at a […]

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Jonathan Swift

January 24, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW Feburary, 10 2013 THE DEAN’S DELIGHT JOHN J. MILLER Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World, by Leo Damrosch (Yale, 592 pp., $35) When Peter O’Toole died in December, the obituaries dutifully mentioned his starring role in Lawrence of Arabia as well as his other achievements on screen and stage. Most overlooked one of the […]

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Tom Coburn

January 17, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW August 9, 2004 OUR OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE JOHN J. MILLER Muskogee, Okla. Soon after Republican senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma announced his retirement last fall, Stephen Moore of the Club for Growth placed a phone call to a doctor’s office in Muskogee. He reached Tom Coburn, a 56-year-old family practitioner. “You should run […]

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Ben Sasse

January 9, 2014

NATIONAL REVIEW January 27, 2014 OBAMACARE’S CORNHUSKER NEMESIS Ben Sasse, health-care expert and Senate candidate JOHN J. MILLER It’s not easy to pile up more than 20,000 sheets of paper — the number of pages of regulations associated with Obamacare, according to some estimates. Yet it’s an effective prop for Ben Sasse, a Republican running […]

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Ender’s Game

October 24, 2013

NATIONAL REVIEW November 10, 2013 GAMES WITH ORSON The politically correct denunciation of a movie and a novelist JOHN J. MILLER Almost halfway through Ender’s Game, the 1985 science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, a pair of siblings try to manipulate global opinion by posting polemics “on the nets” — Card’s early anticipation of the World […]

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