PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewAs part of this endeavor, [Dionee Jr.] has often chided the right for its mounting extremism, but he never wrote it off. Which is why Dionne’s latest book should send our alarm bells shrieking. Though written in the same patient, even soothing, voice as his earlier works, the narrowed scope of Code Red shows how much his view of politics has changed. The right barely factors into this new bridge-building project. Conservatives are, for all intents and purposes, a lost cause ... while his past calls for political unity seem to have failed, there’s reason to hope this one might succeed ... This is an exquisitely timed book, coming just at the moment of the Democrats’ quadrennial splintering ... yet, it’s not at all clear moderates and progressives need to be reconciled ... a worthwhile exploration of the shared goals (and shared enemies) that unite moderates and progressives. But more than that, it is a sharp reminder that the common ground on which Dionne built his career has been badly eroded, with little prospect that it will soon be restored.
RaveThe New York Times Book ReviewKathleen Belew’s gripping study of white power ... is a breathtaking argument, one that treats foreign policy as the impetus for a movement that most people view through the lens of domestic racism ... It’s a stunning indictment of official culpability, and Belew constructs her case with forensic care. In doing so, she shows that, while racism is ever with us, policy choices ranging from local police strategies to the furthest reaches of foreign policy create the space for white power to flourish.