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My WSJ review of The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck

My review of Rinker Buck’s superb new book The Oregon Trail: An American Journey, which appeared in the WSJ on 8/1/2015. Continue reading

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The Hidden History of America at War by Kenneth C. Davis, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Here’s “America’s Way of War,” my review of The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Stories from Yorktown to Fallujah by Kenneth C. Davis, which appeared in The Washington Post on June 5, 2015.   Here are the other … Continue reading

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LA Times story about West Point professor and author Elizabeth Samet

Today, Jeffery Fleishman of The Los Angeles Times published “At West Point, Warriors Shaped Through Plutarch and Shakespeare,” an interesting story about West Point English professor Elizabeth Samet. She’s the author of No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace … Continue reading

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Snowblind by Daniel Arnold, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Here’s “Slippery Slopes,” my review of Daniel Arnold’s short story collection Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession, in The Wall Street Journal April 4 & 5, 2015. Good effort from Arnold. Here’s the list of other books I’ve reviewed for The … Continue reading

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Bonanza Queen, by Zola Ross

Two stars out of five on Goodreads. It wasn’t as bad as I expected.

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50 Notable works of nonfiction, posted by the Washington Post

A list of 50 notable nonfiction books curated by The Washington Post. Continue reading

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The Naked Mountaineer by Stephen Sieberson, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

“The jacket copy promises irreverent adventures and peculiar characters presented in a manner far removed from that of “the typical mountaineering book.” And so we crack its covers hoping for alpine rambles in the vein of Eric Newby’s lighthearted bumble “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush,” of Tom Patey ’s gently deprecating “One Man’s Mountains,” or of W.E. Bowman ’s side-splitting satire “The Ascent of Rum Doodle… ” Continue reading

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No Man’s Land by Elizabeth Samet, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

“No Man’s Land is her exploration of what it means for the United States and its soldiery to be “adrift between war and peace.” She does it with the aid of literature, ranging through mankind’s “commandos of the imagination…” Continue reading

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The Calling by Barry Blanchard, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Here’s “Wintry Climbs,” my review of The Calling by Barry Blanchard, which appeared in the October 11 & 12 issue of The Wall Street Journal.     Barry’s one of the most impressive climbers of modern times. On Twitter, he’s: … Continue reading

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My Acid Test review quoted in Newsweek

My Acid Test review quoted in Newsweek Continue reading

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