Tony Daniel’s Review of ‘Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall,’ by Tim Mohr Up at the ‘Federalist’

Tony Daniel says that in his book Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Tim Mohr has done yeoman historical service in collecting a slice of that history in anecdotal form from many… Read More

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ by Ben MacIntyre, a Thrilling Account of the Historically Important KBG-Agent-turned-British-spy Oleg Gordievsky at ‘The Federalist’

Tony Daniel says historian Ben MacIntyre’s new book, The Spy and the Traitor, tells the thrilling story of how the KGB’s Oleg Gordievsky helped check the Soviet Union as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan fought communism.  Gordievsky’s spying… Read More

Tony Daniel Reviews Reese Witherspoon’s Book-Cum-Coffee-Table-Fixture ‘Whiskey in a Teacup’ at the Federalist

Tony Daniel says the book is mostly a product ad for her on-line brand, but also contains a short and charming memoir of Witherspoon’s grandmother. Tony writes: “Dorothea Draper was a good role model for all of us… Read More

Tony Daniel Retrospective on the Astonishing Literary Legacy of James Michener at ‘The Federalist’

  Tony Daniel says that the venerable best-selling author of historical fiction has gotten a bad rap in literary circles as Michener’s rejection of postmodernism has given rise to jaded and unfair judgments of his epic storytelling. “Reconsidering… Read More

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Movie and Book at ‘The Federalist’

In his review here, Tony Daniel calls Crazy Rich Asians a fun American movie. He notes, tongue-in-cheek, that the cast is kind of like a Harvard freshman class in reverse (more on Harvard’s racist admittance policy here). He concludes… Read More

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘Life After Google,’ by George Gilder at the ‘Federalist’

Tony Daniel notes approvingly that George Gilder argues that centralized data behemoths like Google and Facebook are coming down, sooner rather than later, because the nature of the internet and the information economy is about to undergo a transformative… Read More

Tony Daniel Review of Thriller Novel ‘Spymaster,’ by Brad Thor at the ‘Federalist’

Tony Daniel argues that, while Spymaster and the Harvath series may be fast food reading, you can think of Brad Thor books as the Chick-fil-A sandwiches of thrillers. Thor always turns out a nicely researched quality product with a… Read More

Tony Daniel Review of ‘The Hellfire Club’ by Jake Tapper Available at ‘The Federalist’

Tony Daniel reviews CNN host Jake Tapper’s new novel, ‘The Hellfire Club,’ and finds it a regrettable Washington thriller full of cardboard characters, absurd plotting, and relentless historical exposition. Read the review here.

Tony Daniel review of Dave Eggers’s “The Monk of Mokha” Available at The Federalist

Tony Daniel says Dave Eggers’s new nonfiction offering The Monk of Mokha delivers an entertaining tale weakened by identity politics and economic nonsense. It’s a mostly compelling book about immigrants and American entrepreneurship that gets sidetracked by a pointless desire to… Read More

Tony Daniel Reviews Historical Fiction Master Bernard Cornwell’s New Novel, ‘Fools and Mortals’

Tony Daniel reviews Bernard Cornwell’s latest historical novel, Fools and Mortals, at The Federalist. Tony says the books is a wry and tough-minded take on Shakespeare’s time, featuring Shakespeare’s younger brother, Richard, as the hero. Lots of historical theater… Read More