I’m looking forward to reading Ronald C. White’s  latest book, Lincoln in Private. From the publisher: “From the New York Times bestselling author of A. Lincoln and American Ulysses, a revelatory glimpse into the intellectual journey of our sixteenth president through his private notes to himself, explored together here for the first […]

I’m reading a very interesting book that tells an inside story of one of the titans of Wall Street. It’s called Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Life, written by Zachary Karabell. Here is the publisher’s description about Inside Money, “a sweeping […]

I am looking forward to reading Louis Menand’s latest book, The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War. I really enjoyed his previous Pulitzer Prize-winning The Metaphysical Club. Here is the publisher’s summary of his new work. “The Cold War was not just […]

I am looking forward to two recently relased books that currently reside on my nightstand: Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester, and Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by Benjamin M. Frieman. If they share any qualities, they […]

I’ve save the first of Robert Richardson’s trio of outstanding biographies for last: Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. I would highly recommend William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism and Emerson: The Mind on Fire. The publisher’s description: “The two years Thoreau […]

I love the opening description in this story of news in the 19th century, Ghosts of Newspaper Row: “The reporters would pant up five flights of stairs to reach their dingy, dim newsrooms, where light eked through the dirt-cloaked windows and the green shades over […]

I’m looking forward to reading Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.  The New York Times has already called it an instant American classic. A description from the publisher: “In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful […]