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

The Chronicler of the Grunts in the Good War

David Chrisinger analyzes Pyle’s writing and looks at it through a modern lens by visiting some of the key battle sites in his engaging and fast-paced book ‘The Soldier’s Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II.’ This is not a full-scale biography, but rather a deep dive into the most important part of Pyle’s life.

The Diva Speaks—at Length

My Name is Barbra gives readers a peek into the multi-faceted world of this famous, yet quite private woman, along with glimpses of those in her orbit. If you can get past the length, lack of an index, and extensive back-patting, you will enjoy yourself and learn a great deal.

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.