Claude R. Marx

Claude R. Marx is an award-winning journalist who writes extensively about politics, policy, and history. He is currently writing a biography of William Howard Taft. Marx earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University and did graduate work at Georgetown University. His book reviews have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and the Claremont Review of Books.

Posts by Claude R. Marx

Ted Kennedy, The Last Lion of Liberalism

Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s remarkable and often tragic life is one that could have been scripted by Shakespeare. John A. Farrell has a great deal to work with and handles it well. He is respectful but not fawning. And those who love political history and complex characters will learn a lot from and enjoy Ted Kennedy: A Life.

Tales of the Semi-Prisoner of Pennsylvania Avenue

Trump supporters may consider William P. Barr something of a modern-day Judas Iscariot, while Trump critics will deem him to be a shameless apologist. But those who take the time to read One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General will learn a great deal and have the chance to draw their own conclusions.

Nancy with the Hidden Hand

Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty does a great service in her new book by taking us behind the public façade. The Triumph of Nancy Reagan is a detailed, insightful, and gossipy look at the wife of Ronald Reagan, one of our most consequential, yet controversial presidents.