I enjoyed Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, though the "spy" part is fairly thin gruel at best. Yes, Ernest Hemingway was one of Lenin's "useful idiots" (yes, I known Vlad didn't say it, but he should have), but so was virtually every American writer and indeed most intelligent Americans in the 1930s and 1940s. He adored Russia because it stood against the fascists in Spain and again in the war against Nazi Germany. And he adored Castro. But he never was a traitor, though the NKVD did its clumsy best to recruit him. Still, I'm a sucker for anything by or about Hemingway -- I even have The Garden of Eden queued up on my Kindle. So I enjoyed it hugely, and even learned a bit. (Good photos, too.)
Published a month before the astonishment of last November 9, The Populist Explosion naturally did not predict that Donald Trump would be our 45th president. To Mr Judis's credit, however, and unlike most of us, he didn't rule out the possibility, with the result that his book makes it seem entirely inevitable. It's a fine sweep through American history, teasing out the populist strain in our politics. I didn't know that we once actually had a Populist Party! And Andy Jackson, of course, and William Jennings Bryan, and Huey Long and Ross Perot and Occupy Wall Street and (down to the wire!) Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Gosh, now that I think about it, the whole thing was inevitable, wasn't it?
And that's the perfect lead-in to The Greater America. Sally's grandfather wrote it more at the start of the 20th century, and I edited it for the 21st. Publication day is May 15. Blue skies! — Dan Ford
I still have some copies of the 2000 iUniverse edition of
Remains: A Story of the
Flying Tigers. While they last, you can get one for
$7.98 postpaid, sent by Media Mail to your U.S. postal address.
PayPal rolls your credit card; I sign the book and put it in the
A Kindle for $79.99, a tablet for $49.99!
For ten years I've been adapting my books and articles for
most notably for Amazon's Kindle, a kludgy device that cost $399 when
it first revolutionized publishing. And now the
price has fallen to $79.99 for a much superior product. Even more astonishing is the new
a basic but full-fledged, 7-inch tablet computer for $49.99.
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