Liberal literary paranoia in “Nation.”

Sarah Palin, harbinger of disaster?

By Jim Tortolano, E Pluribus Unum “Christian Nation,” a cautionary novel by Frederic Rich about the possible consequences of triumph by far-right “Dominion” Christians seeks to portray itself as modern-day equivalent to Sinclair Lewis’ classic anti-fascist “It Can’t Happen Here,” and in some ways it succeeds. It does shed needed light on the scary ambitions […]

Book review: “Catastrophe: 1914″

Royal Irish Rifles in the trenches during World War I.

By Jim Tortolano/E Pluribus Unum Of all the great conflicts in the last 100 years or so, the one that seems the most pointless and heartbreaking is World War One. In his new book “Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War,” Max Hastings paints a vivid and depressing portrait of a continent destroying itself in what […]

What if JFK had lived?


I was sitting in a fifth grade classroom when the principal’s voice came over the loudspeaker.  President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. He was dead. Like almost everyone else on Nov. 22, 1963, I was stunned and saddened. I was a particularly political kid; my family and I all worshipped JFK in a way […]

The Age of Archie

President Obama and Sarah Palin Featured in New Archie Comic

What’s that my uncle always says? That if you wait long enough, everything comes into style? So what could be more fun than the strange revival of the silly, blast-from the-past comic books featuring American’s oldest teenager, Archie Andrews?

“The Guns at Last Light” Book Review


History can be viewed from a variety of distances. It can be the grand literary sweep of a Bruce Catton, or the gritty in-your-face details of Robert Leckie. But no one brings alive the heartbreak and pain, especially of military history, like Rick Atkinson.

“A Disease in the Public Mind” Book Review


The popularity of the recent “Lincoln” film has focused a lot of attention on the American Civil War and the issue of slavery. Indeed, there are many books and articles written, but it’s rare to find one with a rare perspective.