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Review 11 March 2018
book cover Everything You Think You Know About Fascism Is Wrong
Scott Beauchamp
The Age of Secularization by Augusto Del Noce, translated by Carlo Lancellotti. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017. Paperback, 304 pages, $35.
Essay 11 March 2018
book cover Who Is Blackford Oakes?
William F. Meehan III
Meehan introduces or reintroduces readers to the protagonist of William F. Buckley Jr.’s classic Cold War spy novels—an unambiguous good guy.
Review 11 March 2018
book cover Rousseau’s Reactionary Disciple
Greg Morrison
Memoirs from Beyond the Grave: 1768–1800 by François-René de Chateaubriand, translated by Alex Andriesse. New York Review Books Classics, 2018. Softcover, 584 pages, $20.
Essay 4 March 2018
Presidential seal, CC-BY Trump so Far
Bruce P. Frohnen
“Any report card on the Trump Presidency must begin by recognizing the great progress he has made in undermining the power and legitimacy of our progressive elites.”
Review 4 March 2018
book cover A Little More Crafty
Gracy Olmstead
Cræft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands. W.W. Norton & Company, 2018. Hardcover, 352 pages, $27.
Review 4 March 2018
book cover Waltharius and the Epic Quest for Epic Poetry
A. M. Juster
Waltharius edited and translated by Abram Ring. Peeters, 2016. Paperback, 198 pages, $63.
Review 25 February 2018
book cover Political Thinking from the Hillbilly Thomist
Karl C. Schaffenburg
A Political Companion to Flannery O’Connor edited by Henry T. Edmonson III. The University Press of Kentucky, 2017. Hardcover, 398 pages, $60.
Review 25 February 2018
book cover To Hear a Baby Crying
Jake Meador
Water at the Roots: Poems and Insights of a Visionary Farmer by Philip Britts. Plough Publishing House, 2018. Paperback, 179 pages, $16.
Review 25 February 2018
book cover A New, Old Way to Learn Latin
David G. Bonagura, Jr.
Learning Latin the Ancient Way: Latin Textbooks from the Ancient World by Eleanor Dickey. Cambridge University Press, 2016. Softcover, 197 pages, $30.
Review 18 February 2018
book cover The Wonder of Medieval Europe
Timothy D. Lusch
The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones. Viking, 2017. Hardcover, 448 pages, $30.
Review 18 February 2018
book cover Keeper of the Cosmopolitan Flame
Gilbert NMO Morris
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey Stewart. Oxford University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 932 pages, $30.
Review 18 February 2018
book cover What Popper Saw in Churchill
Daniel J. Mahoney
The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty: A View from Europe by João Carlos Espada. Routledge, 2016. Hardcover, 212 pages, $149.95.
Review 11 February 2018
book cover The Unwritten Constitution Today
Ted McAllister
Constitutional Morality and the Rise of the Quasi-Law by Bruce P. Frohnen and George W. Carey. Harvard University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 304 pages, $45.
Review 11 February 2018
book cover A Quiet American in Vietnam
John C. Chalberg
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot. Liveright Publishing, 2018. Hardcover, 715 pages, $35.

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Martyn Wendell Jones on Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.

Stephen Presser has been named the visiting scholar of conservative thought and policy at the University of Colorado at Boulder for 2018–2019.

David Pietrusza appeared on C-Span to discuss his book, 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents.

Adrian Vermeule on Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed.

Jeff Bilbro who recently reviewed the new Library of America edition of Wendell Berry for us, is now taking over editorial duties at Front Porch Republic.

Joseph Bottum has a new book out for children, on our everyday blessings.

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