Tevi Troy
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Prime Ministers of the Book
Israel's three most significant leaders were also dedicated readers

November 20, 2022  •  Tablet Magazine

With Bibi Netanyahu's forthcoming ascension to the Israeli premiership for the third time, it is clear that he now ranks, along with founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion and the first Likud prime minister Menachem Begin, as one of Israel's three most important and influential prime ministers to date. Since 40% of Israelis between the ages of 16 and 65 read at least one book a week, it may not be accidental that, in addition to their enormous roles in shaping the modern state of Israel, all three men shared a prodigious, perhaps even obsessive, love of books.

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All the presidents' children

November 3, 2022  •  The Washington Examiner

With the Republicans surging into Election Day, the likelihood of a Hunter Biden investigation in Congress has increased exponentially. A Republican Congress will be eager to delve into the panoply of issues surrounding Hunter, including his drug use, his use of his father's name in efforts to enrich himself, and his consulting agreements for which his qualifications are at best questionable.

Hunter may be the first presidential child to become the active subject of a presidential investigation, but he is far from the only one to receive disproportionate press attention.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis has become a cultural touchstone

October 17, 2022  •  The Spectator

At the beginning of 1962, President John F. Kennedy had high hopes for a peaceful year with the Soviet Union, the United States' most dangerous adversary. On December 30, 1961, Kennedy issued a statement offering his good wishes for the new year to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and the Soviet people. Ten months later, in October of 1962, the US and the Soviet Union were on the brink of war.

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Lessons from 75 Years of Presidential Speeches

October 5, 2022  •  Dispatch

Seventy-five years ago today, October 5, 1947, Harry Truman gave the first televised presidential address from the White House. Truman spoke to the nation—or at least to the 44,000 American households that had TV sets at the time—about the continuing shortages in Europe following World War II and the need for Americans to conserve food to help the people of Europe. Another 40 million or so Americans had the capacity to hear—but not see—Truman via radio.

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review of A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland

September 25, 2022  •  Washington Free Beacon

Only 14 men have served two full terms as president of the United States. Of those 14, Grover Cleveland is perhaps the least well-known. Which is odd. Our two-term chief executives are some of the most famous presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. But all of them are fairly familiar to the general educated reader. Grover Cleveland, in contrast, falls in the category of the mostly forgotten facial-hair-presidents-of-the-late-19th century.

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Books by Tevi Troy

Cover of Shall We Wake the President? Cover of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted Cover of Intellectuals and the American Presidency

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