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Earlier this month, I noted that Victor Davis Hanson, fellow Californian and a military historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, had been targeted in social media by writers associated with The Bulwark. His crime? Apparently, it was that Hanson had the temerity to write what he considered to be an even-handed review of President Donald Trump's first two years in office entitled The Case for Trump.  The attack inspired me to purchase the book, and share my thoughts on it with Legal Insurrection.

I have a confession to make before reviewing the latest book by conservative icon and author Michael Savage: I am not a big fan.  There is no denying that Savage is exceptionally smart and deeply passionate about this country, the U.S. Constitution, and conservative principles. On his radio show, his vitriolic and pessimistic take on subjects differs from my normally optimistic, humor-oriented view of politics and current events. I normally don't stay tuned in for very long when I alight upon his radio show, as Savage's tone can be a bit too bitter for my personal taste. However, his latest book, Stop Mass Hysteria: America's Insanity from the Salem Witch Trials to the Trump Witch Hunt, is a smart, engaging, and timely look at angry mobs and their historic consequences.

Clearly, one of the industries helped most by the election of President Donald Trump is the book publishing business.
"Fire and Fury," "A Higher Loyalty," "Fear": three books about Donald Trump have each sold more than a million copies in the United States, a first that reflects Americans' fascination with their ever-surprising president. The great majority of successful books on politics have been written by politicians themselves -- or by ghostwriters working with them.
The latest entry in the political genre is from Townhall columnist, California lawyer, and witty conservative pundit Kurt Schlichter. Fun fact: He attended University of California - San Diego as an undergraduate at the same time I was a graduate student in chemistry there. Perhaps his writings in the campus newspaper (The Koala) affected me subconsciously, as I became an independent conservative 5 years after my graduation.

An exceptional new book has come out that features a vastly successful businessman targeted by several government agencies that are in collusion. In an intriguing twist, the main character is not President Trump. Scorched Worth: A True Story of Destruction, Deceit and Government Corruption, covers the hard fought legal battle between Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), the second largest lumber producer in the nation, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) and the United States Forest Service.
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