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Larry Schweikart on 48 Liberal Lies About American History



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Larry Schweikart says the nastiest lie being spread by the left today (that 9/11 was an inside job) won’t be believed years from now. That Gorbachev, and not Reagan, ended the Cold War is another story, the author of 48 Liberal Lies About American History, tells John J. Miller.

Gary J. Bass on Freedom’s Battle



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Humanitarian intervention is “definitely not the first thing on a government’s foreign policy agenda. The first thing a government’s going to be worried about obviously is protecting it’s own people. I think that that’s a given,” says Gary J. Bass, author of Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention.

Christopher Buckley on Supreme Courtship



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Discussing the topic of his new novel, Supreme Courtship, in which a TV judge gets named to the Supreme Court, Christopher Buckley says, “I don’t think cameras should be inside any courtroom. I don’t think they should have been in the O.J. Simpson courtroom.”

Ward Connerly on Lessons from My Uncle James



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Ward Connerly, author of Lessons from My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character, worries that, ”There is a correlation between individual character and the character of a nation, and I believe that our national character has eroded tremendously over the years largely because we have no sense of direction. There is no compass about character.”

Daniel J. Flynn on A Conservative History of the American Left



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In distinguishing between the “Cowboy Left” and the “Puritan Left”, Daniel J. Flynn, author of A Conservative History of the American Left, tells John J. Miller that,“‘Do what I say’ and ‘Do your own thing’, they’re both American ideas that we’ve seen over hundreds of years. And they’re both part of this American Left even if they offer something very different.”

Bernard Lewis on Islam: The Religion and the People



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Bernard Lewis, author of Islam: The Religion and the People, tells John J. Miller, ”I didn’t think the invasion [of Iraq] was a mistake, but I think the way that it was conducted was a mistake.”

Harry Turtledove on The Man With the Iron Heart



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Harry Turtledove, speaking with John J. Miller, tells us that in his latest alternative history, The Man With the Iron Heart, Reinhard Heydrich, one of the most brutal SS commanders, survives an assassination attempt to lead  postwar German resistance to American and Soviet occupation.

Charles Murray on Real Education



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Charles Murray, author of Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality, tells John J. Miller, “When it comes to education, we are phobic about saying that kids are different in their ability to learn the things that schools teach.”

Dan Perrin on America’s Health Care Crisis Solved



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Dan Perrin, co-author with J. Patrick Rooney of America’s Health Care Crisis Solved, tells John J. Miller that today’s health-care crisis is one of affordability, and that his book “provides a series of solutions for specific problems that are contributing to this overall health-care inflation.”

Stephen Coonts on The Assassin



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Stephen Coonts explains for John J. Miller that his new novel, The Assassin, “is really about the War on Terror, and  . . . the people behind the uneducated holy warriors who actually do the fighting.”

David Freddoso on The Case Against Barack Obama



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David Freddoso, author of The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate, says Barack Obama has worked hard to portray himself as reformer when he is, in fact, anything but.

Michael Novak on No One Sees God



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John J. Miller speaks with Michael Novak, author of No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers. Novak tells Miller, “God is not just another piece of furniture in the universe; you’re not going to discover him with your eyes.”

Bruce Herschensohn on Above Empyrean



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Bruce Herschensohn tells John J. Miller that he wrote Above Empyrean: A Novel of the Final Days of the War Against Islamist Terrorism “as an appeal — a plea that the politician and the voter takes this war as seriously as it is. Winning supersedes everything else.”

Tom Vanderbilt on Traffic



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Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), tells John J. Miller that a key source of increased road congestion is prosperity. Simply, “increasing economic fortune . . . compels people to drive; and they can afford to drive.”

Alfred S. Regnery on Upstream



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Alfred S. Regnery, author of Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism, tells John J. Miller that “Conservatives have always had an uphill fight. From the beginning of the movement there was always enormous opposition from the left, [and] there’s always been dissension within the movement.”  

Thomas F. Madden on Empires of Trust



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Thomas F. Madden, in Empires of Trust: How Rome Built–and America Is Building–a New World, is coming from a much different angle than the “decline and fall” of America. He points out to John J. Miller that an “aversion to empire … is really what set the Romans, and I would argue the Americans, apart.”

Christopher Reich on Rules of Deception



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Christopher Reich talks with John J. Miller about his latest thriller, Rules of Deception, which “centers around an American doctor named Jonathan Ransom, who spent his career working with Doctors Without Borders in some political hotspots overseas.” Scene 1: Ransom’s beautiful wife Emma falls into a crevice and is killed.

Andrew Klavan on Empire of Lies



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Andrew Klavan, author of Empire of Lies, describes for John J. Miller his story of “a conservative Christian family man from the Midwest who is drawn back to the scenes of his very degraded past in New York by a search for a missing girl. As he searches for her he begins to believe that he [has] pulled the string of an enormous Islamofascist conspiracy …”

Alvin Felzenberg on The Leaders We Deserved



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Alvin Felzenberg, author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game, tells John J. Miller that “the closer you get to the modern era the more debate you are going to have” about presidential performance. Who’s high on Felzenberg’s list? Washington, Lincoln, and … Ronald Reagan.

Mark Krikorian on The New Case Against Immigration



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Mark Krikorian, author of The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal, emphasizes for John J. Miller how civilization has changed such that “large-scale immigration of any kind is incompatible with the goals and characteristics of a modern society.”

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