The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England.'
It's an excellent book on a compelling, if disturbed, set of subjects. Here's an excerpt from the review:
"Those depressed about the state of 21st-century American politics take
solace: Governance really has advanced since the late Middle Ages, when
any lout, psychopath or 10-year-old might wind up as your chief
executive, triggering a family feud, uprising, civil war or, as often as
not, a combination of the three. The Plantagenets’ dysfunction
surpasses anything on reality television in that the actors lead armies
against one another."
For those looking for more literary criticism, my most recent review for the Post was of Olympia Snowe's new memoir/call to action, Fighting for Common Ground, published in June, and before that of a boisterous, flawed attack on the late Christopher Hitchens.
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