The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century
“A lively exploration of how ‘intervene first, ask questions later’ became America's foreign policy… a penetrating history of the ‘half-baked, poorly executed, unnecessary conflict from which the U.S., nevertheless, emerged victorious… A revelatory history of America's grasp for power.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred
“Risen is … a gifted storyteller who brings context to the chaos of war. “The Crowded Hour” feels like the best type of war reporting — told with a clarity that takes nothing away from the horrors of the battlefield.—Candice Milland, The New York Times
“Risen’s lively and extensively researched social history illuminates a transformative moment in America’s past.”—Publishers Weekly
Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland
“Risen’s entries go deep, enabling readers to find the bottle that’s right for them or a friend...[r]egardless of where the whiskeys fall on the single malt spectrum, Risen and his tasting panel have created a definitive reference on the topic. This is a must-have guide for novices and aficionados alike.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
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American Whisky, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit
Publisher: A Scott & Nix Edition/Sterling Epicure
“A comprehensive and opinionated guide for the intermediate tippler…It’s a detailed, admirably cranky directory. Risen’s tasting notes for each are erudite
and fun.”—Wall Street Journal
Clay Risen, the deputy op-ed editor at The New York Times, is the author of the forthcoming The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century, as well as Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland and the bestselling American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit. A graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and the University of Chicago, he grew up in Nashville and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two young children.