Articles by: Michael O'Donnell

POLITICS

The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington

The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington

By GREGG HERKEN

Joe Alsop was postwar Washington’s greatest host. But when the party ended, his downfall had true upsides.

Posted by × October 31, 2014 ×

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Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

By JAN SWAFFORD

An exceptional look at the volatile genius who wrote some of history’s finest music, even after he could no longer hear it. Review by Michael O’Donnell.

Posted by × August 11, 2014 ×

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Washington Journal

Washington Journal

By ELIZABETH DREW

A year in the life of a rookie reporter earning her stripes inside the frenzy of Watergate.

Posted by × June 4, 2014 ×

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

By DAVID BRION DAVIS

The question of American slavery exploded into open war in 1861 — but the deeper conflict was already a century old.

Posted by × February 10, 2014 ×

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George Orwell:  A Life in Letters

George Orwell: A Life in Letters

Edited by PETER DAVISON

The novelist’s correspondence reveals the extent of the burdens he bore.

Posted by × August 13, 2013 ×

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Revolutionary Summer

Revolutionary Summer

By JOSEPH J.ELLIS

How the British forced Washington into retreat — and opened the door to his eventual victory.

Posted by × June 13, 2013 ×

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A Book of Voyages

A Book of Voyages

Edited by PATRICK O'BRIAN

Spanning the globe with adventurous writers in exotic locales throughout history.

Posted by × May 24, 2013 ×

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Out of Order

Out of Order

by SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR

Tales of the High Bench’s history, from the first female justice to take her place on the Court.

Posted by × March 20, 2013 ×

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Iron Curtain

Iron Curtain

By ANNE APPLEBAUM

When the menace of Stalinism knew no borders.

Posted by × November 9, 2012 ×

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The Oath

The Oath

By JEFFREY TOOBIN

How the Roberts Court became the administration’s most unpredictable opponent.

Posted by × September 19, 2012 ×

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The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume Four

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume Four

By ROBERT A. CARO

From Senate majority leader to vice president to president, Lyndon Johnson’s political metamorphosis during the years between 1958 and 1964 is captured in this masterpiece of historical biography.

Posted by × May 1, 2012 ×

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Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

By RICHARD ALDOUS

At the climax of the Cold War, misgivings simmered below the surface of the Anglo-American alliance.

Posted by × March 21, 2012 ×

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Nixon’s Court

Nixon’s Court

By KEVIN McMAHON

A new interpretation of the former president’s judicial policy.

Posted by × November 1, 2011 ×

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Leningrad

Leningrad

By ANNA REID

The suffering and sacrifice of a city under historic siege.

Posted by × August 30, 2011 ×

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Mightier than the Sword

Mightier than the Sword

By DAVID S. REYNOLDS

Uncle Tom’s Cabin changed the world.  But is it worth reading now?

Posted by × June 13, 2011 ×