Tony Daniel Reviews Essay Collection ‘White’ by Bret Easton Ellis at the ‘Federalist’

Tony Daniel says that novelist and cultural commentator Bret Easton Ellis’s new collection of essays, White tears into the proponents of “woke” culture for eroding free expression and encouraging victimhood. Despite some melodramatic overwriting and amusing naiveté regarding the… Read More

Tony Daniel Gives a Mixed Review to ‘Educated,’ the Best-selling Memoir by Tara Westover, at the ‘Federalist’

“I came away from Educated feeling like I’d just stepped in something nasty,” Tony says in the piece. While finding Tara Westover’s tale of self-educating herself affecting, Tony says her account is thin on detail and nuance. Ultimately, Educated suffers… Read More

Tony Daniel’s Review of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season Two Available at the ‘Federalist’

Tony Daniel says that season two of the Amazon Prime show, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is even better than its first ten-episode run. But the show’s future looks bleak judging from the grating progressive stereotypes worked into the… Read More

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 Article “6 Questions About The Huge CIA Blunder That Allowed Enemies To Kill 70 U.S. Spies” at the ‘Federalist’

More than 70 foreign nationals working as spies for the CIA in Iran and China were systematically identified and slaughtered in the past decade, thanks to agency negligence, according to recent reports. “How and when is this catastrophic… 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

Retrospective on the Great V.S. Naipaul by Tony Daniel at the ‘Federalist’

Tony Daniel says that with the death of the Nobel Prize winning author, we’ve lost a great writer who both valued civilization, and saw the world as it is, not how he wished it to be. Tony also… Read More