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Jonah—Re Coolidge, although it is not a biography per se, one should not miss Coolidge and the Historians by my late friend, Tom Silver, former president of the Claremont Institute. He does a masterful job of showing how liberal historians successfully slandered a remarkable man and president. Coolidge was the last president to write his own speeches. One of my favorite lines from the book (from memory) is his description of Coolidge translating Dante for pleasure. “The mind boggles,” Tom wrote, “at the image of Richard Nixon hunched over a copy of The Divine Comedy.”

Mackubin Thomas Owens is senior national security fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, editing its journal Orbis from 2008 to 2020. A Marine Corps infantry veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a professor of national-security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College from 1987 to 2015. He is the author of US Civil–Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain.