From the Award-winning series in the New York Times


``This is an extraordinary collection, a hugely important deep-dive into the difficult waters of Civil War studies, done with provocative insight, great scholarship and truly original thinking. As we confront the hard truths and persistent relevance of the most important event in American history, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, it's comforting to have And the War Came as a guide and a goad.''

Ken Burns, producer and director ofThe Civil War

“Jamie Malanowski does something fascinating in And the War Came. He writes a gripping account of the period after Lincoln’s election from the perspective of what people knew and felt during those months. Not only does this provide great insights into the outbreak of the Civil War, it also illuminates how the messy march of history actually works.”
Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin, An American Life and Einstein: His Life and Universe


The Civil War is one of those events we think we know cold. But I guarantee you that Jamie Malanowski’s riveting, day-by-day chronicle of the lead-up to war will fill gaps you didn’t know you had, deepening and enriching your sense of the most politically consequential six months in American history. And the War Came is the next best thing to time travel.”
Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday


From Byliner Originals

``Jamie Malanowski brings a historian's eye and a journalist's ear to deliver a

breathtaking ride through America's most perilous year. Reading And the War

Came is like re-living the rise of Lincoln and the fall of national unity in

real time.''

— Harold Holzer, Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation


`` The list of Civil War historians is frightfully long. But the truly able journalists among them are exceptionally few. And Jamie Malanowski, as readers of the inspired And the War Came will quickly discover, is not only on that short list, but perhaps somewhere very near the top.''

— Graydon Carter, Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair

``History happens, especially during national crises, in disjointed, unpredictable, and often utterly surprising ways. Jamie Malanowski's And the War Came, based on the New York Times's marvelous "Disunion" series, demonstrates with verve and riveting detail, how Americans collapsed into secession and war in 1860-61. Malanowski writes with informed clarity; this book will be a lasting record of our own commemorative moment as well as an enduring work of good history.''

— David W. Blight, Yale University, author of American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era




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JUNE 14,2012


Filed under: Politics — Jamie @ 8:53 pm


It is a hard job being a sequel, but it is nearly an impossible task to be the second book of a trilogy. The first book gets all the benefit of the first blush of a love affair between the subject and the reader, and the third cashes in on the great drama of the climax. This is the fate, I’m afraid, of Hilary Mantel‘s excellent Bring Up the Bodies, which has the thankless job of following Wolf Hall, as original and as dazzling a novel as I have ever read. In Wolf Hall, Mantel took the well-known tale of Henry VIII‘s first divorce and second marriage and found a new way to tell it, by taking a little known figure in the saga, Thomas Cromwell, and making him not only a flesh-and-blood figure, but a very contemporary character. Cromwell is a shrewd behind-the-scenes advisor, a Bob Strauss or a Jim Baker, whom modern readers recognize, but a also a figure of modernity–a globalist, a pragmatist, a secularist, and a self-made man who has advanced on the basis of his knowledge of the new world of commerce and industry and arms past those had risen on, and are now encumbered by the rules and limits and strictures of the past. Mantel gives us a very human Henry, who is frustrated and unhappy, and a bold, clever Cromwell, who manages not only to give the king what he wants, but to set him on the path to the modern era. As if all this weren’t achievement enough, Mantel has devised a truly original narrative voice, one that is shrewd, and sinister, and that moves in and out of Cromwell’s head and back and forth in time with almost magical seamlessness.

Bring Up the Bodies cannot match this achievement; it cannot be original in the way Wolf Hall was. But to say that Bring Up the Bodies follows in Wolf Hall’s path without faltering or without diminishing is to give it all the credit in the world. In Bring Up the Bodies, the first lesson is to be careful what you wish for. Anne Boleyn, Henry’s new queen has longed for the death of her predecessor, Catherine of Aragon, thinking that it will solidify her status. Astonishingly, she is rendered more vulnerable, and the mechanics of her downfall make for great reading. But the great surprise in the book is the slow, subtle corruption of Cromwell, who finds himself seeking only as much justice as he can use, as he memorably puts it, and who finds himself weaving personal vengeance with his labors for the king. These changes in Cromwell elevate the entire book, and make it something deeper and more thought-provoking than the usual historical thriller.

Mantel reportedly is working hard on part three. Bring up The Mirror and the Light!







June 15,2012


“This modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.''-- John Kenneth Galbraith


The Coup


Godwin Pope is the
Vice President of
the United States.
He wants to move up.



PLAY > America is talking about "The Coup"




A Romp Through the D.C. Underbrush

The New York Observer


Malanowski out-Buckleys Christopher Buckley.

The Wall Street Journal


A Carl Hiaasen-style take on Washington's greed and power lust.

Entertainment Weekly


A knowing dissection of the media-politics nexus

The Washington Post


The Coup is utterly entertaining, a smart, very 21st century Washington story. The surprise ending is not just a great surprise but witty and believable and altogether satisfying.

Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the Century and Heyday


Jamie Malanowski has written a biting and hilarious satire of the Journalistic-Political Scandal Complex. A hapless president and a hooker. An evil, conniving vice president, and a journalist horny for her next big scoop. They fall in and out of power while they fall in and out of bed. Where does Malanowski come up with this stuff?

Paul Begala, contributor to CNN’s The Situation Room


Malanowski's portrait of a master political double-dealer is as entertaining as it is scary.

—Publishers’ Weekly

Malanowski's sardonic humour produces some neat one-liners, and makes Pope's masterly manipulation of his fellow politicians seem disturbingly believable.''


The Coup [is] a Primary Colors for the Bush years.

Washington CEO magazine