Lars-Erik Nelson (1941-2000) was the Washington columnist for the New York Daily News, and a frequent contributor to the Review.


Military-Industrial Man

Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics

by Robert G. Kaufman
In the final draft of his farewell address as president, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the growing in-fluence of “the military-industrial-congressional complex.” At the last minute, he struck out “congressional.” It was not fitting, he thought, for a president to criticize Congress. It may also have seemed to him particularly …

The Perils of Secrecy

On February 16, 1959, Air Force General Nathan Twining gave secret testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including then forty-one-year-old Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts). Kennedy had been lambasting the Eisenhower administration over a supposed “missile gap,” charging that Russia was about to leap far ahead of the US …

Gore in the Balance

Inventing Al Gore

by Bill Turque

The Prince of Tennessee: The Rise of Al Gore

by David Maraniss and Ellen Nakashima
The Democratic National Convention got underway in Los Angeles in mid-August with security precautions worthy of Berlin’s old Checkpoint Charlie. The fabled or, if you prefer, notorious Los Angeles Police Department clad itself in black helmets and body shields and stood in long ranks, each officer hefting a three-foot-long club.

Party Going

Campaign Talk: Why Elections Are Good for Us

by Roderick P. Hart

No Way to Pick a President

by Jules Witcover
Pretty young girls in pleated miniskirts were jumping up and down at the back of the gymnasium during Vice President George Bush’s raucous campaign appearance at Christ the King High School in Queens, New York, on October 20, 1988. The girls were cheerleaders and on this bizarre occasion their eyes …

Watch Out, Democrats!

America's Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters

by Ruy Teixeira and Joel Rogers

Government Works: Why Americans Need the Feds

by Milton J. Esman
In “The Sign of Four,” as Sherlock Holmes walked out of 221B Baker Street on a brief excursion to investigate the disappearance of Captain Arthur Morstan, he recommended to Dr. Watson a book that he described as “one of the most remarkable ever penned,” Winwood Reade’s The Martyrdom of Man.


Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War

by Frances FitzGerald
Modern history, as it is taught in Republican campaign speeches and conservative Op-Ed articles, holds that when Ronald Reagan took office as president in 1981 the Soviet Union was a thriving superpower, militarily superior to the United States and able, without much apparent strain, to outdo America in developing and …


A Charge to Keep

by George W. Bush

First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty

by Bill Minutaglio
Governor George Walker Bush of Texas is the son of President George Herbert Walker Bush, grandson of Senator Prescott Bush of Connecticut, direct descendant of President Franklin Pierce, and a thirteenth cousin, once removed, of Queen Elizabeth of England. Uncles and great-uncles were or are powers on Wall Street. As …