What Millennials don’t know about the Cold War can hurt them–and us, says Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, co-author (with Lee Edwards) of A Brief History of the Cold War.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Spalding describes what was at stake between the United States and the Soviet Union, the achievement of Ronald Reagan, and why statesmanship matters. She also tells what it was like to write a book with her dad.

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Democrats claim that demography is destiny–and that it’s just a matter of time before they dominate American political life at almost every level. Historian Donald Critchlow says they’re wrong in his new book, Future Right: Forging a New Republican Majority.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Critchlow describes the GOP’s path to victory in the 21st century, whether Republicans have any chance of competing for the votes of millennials, and why Donald Trump isn’t the answer.

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In a polarized Washington, can Democrats and Republicans work together on foreign policy? Can they let “politics stop at the water’s edge”? They once did, explains Lawrence J. Haas in Harry & Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Hass describes the legacy of President Truman and Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, a Republican from Michigan who first spoke of the “water’s edge.” He discusses the early years of the Cold War, what today’s Democrats can learn from Truman, and what today’s Republicans–who are now courted by “American First” isolationist rhetoric–can learn from Vandenberg.

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The biggest threat to American freedom is not economic inequality but economic immobility, says F.H. Buckley, author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of the American Dream.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Buckley says that economic immobility is the secret source of this year’s political turmoil, claims that Americans enjoy less freedom today than people in Canada and Denmark, and suggests a way for the next president to restore hope.

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Ross Macdonald was one of the best writers of crime fiction in the 20th century says Tom Nolan, editor of Three Novels of the Early 1960s, the Library of America’s new edition of Macdonald’s influential work.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Nolan talks about the man behind the stories, defines “hardboiled” mystery fiction, and describes how Macdonald found inspiration in the legends and myths of ancient Greece.

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Ty Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players in history–but everything you think that you know about his off-the-field behavior is probably wrong, according to Charles Leerhsen, author of Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Leerhsen describes what made Cobb an outstanding player, insists that he wasn’t the racist lout of legend, and blames the film documentarian Ken Burns for much of the confusion.

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The man who wrote the supply-side playbook for President Reagan is back with The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers But the Economy Never Does.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, George Gilder describes what’s gone wrong with the U.S. economy, why the hope of returning to the gold standard is outdated, and who is the single 2016 presidential candidate with an actual understanding of the world’s chief financial problem.

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Logan West wakes up, answers a dead man’s phone, and embarks on a rollicking adventure in one of this year’s hottest thrillers: Overwatch, by Matthew Betley.

In aoverwatch 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Betley describes how he went from serving in the Marines in Iraq to writing a novel, what he saw in Fallujah, and how his own battle with alcoholism helped him create his hero–in a book that Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard calls “an exceptional read.”

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“In the storied history of American politics,” said Bill Clinton of George McGovern, “I believe that no other presidential candidate ever had such enduring impact in defeat.”

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, historian Thomas J. Knock–author of The Life and Times of George McGovern: The Rise of a Prairie Statesman–tells the tale of the left-wing Democrat who lost the presidential election in 1972. He also compares and contrasts McGovern to Barry Goldwater, discusses what today’s Democrats owe to McGovern, and describes what McGovern was like as a man.

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Europe is in the grip of a soft despotism, says Todd Huizinga, author of The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Huizinga describes where the European Union went wrong, what British voters should think about as they consider leaving the EU, and whether the United States is following the EU on the path to unaccountable governance.

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“Imagine no posesssions,” crooned John Lennon. It would be a nightmare, says Christina Sandefur, co-author of Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st-Century America.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Sandefur explains why property rights are so important, how they’re under pressure from eminent domain and regulatory takings, and what we should make of Donald Trump’s record on them.

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Noel Malcolm’s new book is about an old and forgotten Albanian family, but it’s much more interesting that it sounds — and Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits, and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World is winning rave reviews in Britain and America.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Malcolm recounts the old-time conflict between East and West, as Ottomans and Venetians battled for supremacy. He also talks about the amazing archival detective work behind his engrossing story and describes what it’s like to work in the Vatican Library, the setting of many conspiracy-minded potboilers–and where he found a key document.

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Thomas C. Leonard of Princeton University says that 20th-century Progressives weren’t the people you may have thought they were, in his new book Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Leonard talks 41zMhIbMYKLabout how the Progressives of yesteryear differ from the Progressives of today, whether eugenics really was central to their politics, and what lessons their experience holds for us now, at a time when we possess unprecedented powers to alter the human genome.

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Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s best-loved presidents. Does he really need redemption? Allen C. Guelzo says yes, in his new book called, appropriately, Redeeming the Great Emancipator.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Guelzo explains why Lincoln suffers a barrage of attacks today, what motivated him to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and whether he was a racist and an atheist.

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Philanthropy is a $360 billion business. It’s also an example of American exceptionalism, says Karl Zinsmeister, author of The Almanac of American Philanthropy, a big book (more than 1300 pages), just published by the Philanthropy Roundtable.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Zinsmeister explains why Americans give more than people in other countries, whether small donors can make big differences, and why private philanthropy is essential to freedom.

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Daniel Oppenheimer is no conservative, but he’s fascinated by the political conversions of people who’ve moved rightward over time, such as Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens — and now he’s written a book about them, Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Oppenheimer talks about how he became interested in their stories, what his subjects share in common, and whether he — a self-described leftist — is a target for conservative conversion.

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Bernard Cornwell says he’s writing “the tale of England’s making” through his series of historical novels known as the Saxon Tales. The latest one has just published, Warriors of the Storm.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Cornwell discusses the challenges of writing about England before the Norman Conquest of 1066, why he’s happy to let other writers control the BBC America television series based on his books, and how he wound up living in the United States as an American citizen.

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Roger Scruton got in big trouble three decades ago for his bracing attack on left-wing intellectuals. Now he updates his classic book in a new edition, Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Scruton describes how a near riot broke out over his work in the 1980s and explains why discredited leftists are on the march again. Asked to define the proper role of an intellectual in society, he calls it a “jolly good question” (he’s British) and delivers an excellent answer.

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The ordinary pro-life activist was once a middle-aged Catholic woman who voted for Democrats, says Daniel K. Williams, author of Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Williams explains that the original pro-lifers were liberal rather than conservative. He also explains why the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling changed everything and what today’s pro-lifers can learn from their intellectual ancestors.

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The greatest social injustice of our time isn’t income inequality or racism — it’s family breakdown, says Micheal Novak, co-author of Social Justice Isn’t What You Think It Is (with Paul Adams and Elizabeth Shaw).

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Novak describes the intellectual origins of “social justice,” how the Left has usurped the term, and what conservative candidates should say about it in 2016.

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Margaret Thatcher performed one of the great feats of modern statesmanship in 1981, when she overcame her own unpopularity as well as foes within her own party–and became a political hero in the United Kingdom and beyond. Kwasi Kwarteng describes the challenge she faced and history’s verdict in Thatcher’s Trial: 180 Days that Created a Conservative Icon.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Kwarteng takes us back in time and extracts lessons for today’s conservatives. He also relates his single encounter with Thatcher, toward the end of her life. And Kwarteng — a Conservative MP — talks about what it takes for a professional politician to write a serious book.

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James Strang was a political boss who became a king, a cult leader who declared himself a prophet, and a con man who tried to establish a personal theocracy on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. He’s the subject of my new ebook, The Polygamist King: A True Story of Murder, Lust, and Exotic Faith in America.

For this special edition of The Bookmonger, the host is the guest — and I take questions from former Ricochet editor Lauren Fink. We talk about how Strang became the leader of a dissident Mormon sect, how he went from opposing polygamy to practicing it, and how he and his colony came to a violent end.

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A quarter century ago, he battled with Dinesh D’Souza over political correctness in a series of campus debates. Today, he’s the author of Think Again: Contrarian Reflections on Life, Culture, Politics, Religion, Law, and Education.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Stanley Fish talks about the role and responsibility of contrarians, how higher education has changed over the last 25 years, and whether he and D’Souza have become friends (the answer is yes). Finally, he explains why he regards the late Charlton Heston as one of America’s great actors.

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Critics denounce Pope Pius XII as “Hitler’s Pope,” a pontiff who didn’t speak up against Nazi atrocities–but he was in fact busy in the shadows, running an anti-Nazi spy system and even collaborating in an effort to assassinate the German dictator, according to Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War against Hitler.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Riebling describes how Piux XII battled the Nazis from the Vatican, why he stayed silent, and whether Pope Francis heads a system of espionage today.

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History professor Burt Folsom became friends with Mitch Rutledge, a convicted murderer on death row in Alabama — and he tells about it in a book he has co-authored with his wife Anita, Death on Hold: A Prisoner’s Desperate Prayer and the Unlikely Family who Became God’s Answer.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Folsom describes what compelled him to get in touch with Rutledge, why prison rehabilitation is so hard, and why a guy who has written best-selling books on FDR and the New Deal would take up this subject.

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