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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

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    Bloomberg 1.0

    By kyle | March 11, 2012

    Bonus Sunday essay! In 1895, Teddy Roosevelt returned to his hometown vowing to clean up Sin City as president of the Police Board. He succeeded in reducing corruption and patronage, but with nutty crusades like his campaign to close bars on Sundays (and even crack down on Sabbath sales of flowers and soda) he quickly wore out his welcome. He lasted less than two years before he returned to DC to be assistant secretary of the Navy. The vivid new book “Island of Vice: Teddy Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York City” by Richard Zacks tells the story in detail, as my Sunday column shows.

    Topics: Books, History, New York City | No Comments »