Tony Daniel Reviews Mike Rowe’s Book, ‘The Way I Heard It,’ at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel says Mike Rowe’s new book, which arises from Rowe’s popular podcast, reminds him of the great Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” broadcasts from his youth. Rowe also divides the biographical sketches in the book with tales of  his own coming of age and professional ups and downs, which are amusing and at times touching.  Tony calls the book a pitch for a certain amused, easy way of looking at life, and a tale told by a smart, polished communicator who has figured out how to tug at your heartstrings and whack your funny bone without trying to stick a knife in your back in the process. Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Delivers a Generally Positive Review of ‘A State At Any Cost: The Life of David Ben Gurion’ at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel’s reviews A State At Any Cost: The Life of David Ben Gurion by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman, at the Federalist. Tony says the book supports an important political lesson from the twentieth century : nationalism, for all its flaws, helped humans survive what could have been a machine-age, science-based Armageddon, and socialism, for all its claims to virtue, nearly wiped out the human species.

The interview is here.

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘Deceiving the Sky’ by Bill Gertz at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel says Deceiving the Sky, longtime U.S. national security reporter Bill Gertz’s book on mainland China’s aggression toward the U.S., is a helpful tonic to decades of wishful thinking regarding China by many in the West.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘The Assault on American Excellence’ by Anthony Kronman for the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel details how the new book by former Yale Law School Dean Anthony Kronman, The Assault on American Excellence, bizarrely avoids placing the blame where it squarely belongs—our morally bankrupt educational systems.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee’ for the ‘Federalist’

The true crime work, Furious Hours, explores a lurid 1977 southern murder trial that almost inspired Harper Lee to write another book—but the author’s pretentious account leans heavily on inaccurate and unflattering Southern stereotypes, writes Tony Daniel.

“Furious Hours is readable when Cep is immersed in the real details of this macabre-yet-entertaining pile of horrific skullduggery,” Tony says. “But when she tries to shape her material into a fable of intolerance and stymied artistic creation, she comes off as a race-baiter and, worse, as an inept observer who is out of her depth on matters of history and human motivation.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘Top Gun: An American Story,’ the Memoir of Topgun Founder Dan Pedersen, at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony describes how in Dan Pedersen’s engaging new memoir, Top Gun: An American Story, Topgun’s original commanding officer recounts his role as the founder of the famed fighter jet program. Pedersen makes the case that what matters is the man, not the machine. Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Reviews Master Essayist John McPhee’s Latest Collection, ‘The Patch,’ at the Federalist

McPheeTony Daniel reviews essay collection The Patch, by John McPhee, and discusses McPhee’s work in general, which has been highly influential on Tony.

Read Tony’s piece here.

In a Review at the ‘Federalist,’ Tony Daniel Says Glenn Reynolds’s ‘The Social Media Upheaval’ Persuasively Fleshes out the Instapundit Law Prof’s Argument for Trust-busting the Silicon Valley Giants

federalist4siteTony Daniel says that Instapundit creator and law professor Glenn Reynolds has a deceptively simple prose style. He calls Reynolds “the master of the understated quip,” and likens him to “a blogging Diogenes in a barrel.”

Tony argues that the book is a mostly a dead-on argument by analogy that compares social media vitriol to the spread of disease in ancient cities–with the distinction that our modern cities of the mind, such as Facebook, are designed to spread the disease by encouraging addictive behavior.

Daniel says Reynolds makes the case the best solution is to avoid attempting to regulate content, but to break up the social media monopolists using antitrust laws.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Writes on His Curmudgeonly Disdain for Therapy Animals at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteThe only therapy animal that works is another human being, argues Tony Daniel at the Federalist.

Read the essay here.

Tony Daniel Reviews a Biography of Chief Justice John Roberts “The Chief” by CNN Analyst Joan Biskupic at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel argues that CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic’s biography of Chief Justice John Roberts The Chief is so preoccupied with disagreeing with the man that it doesn’t provide much insight into Roberts’s life and rulings.

Read the review here.