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Interview 10 December 2017
book cover Literature as Counterculture
an interview by Allen Mendenhall
Mendenhall talks with Robert P. Waxler, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a founder of the Changing Lives Through Literature program, about themes in his most recent work, Why Reading Books Still Matters.
Review 10 December 2017
book cover The Enigma of the Black Republican
Kareim Oliphant
The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power by Leah Wright Rigueur. Princeton University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 432 pages, $37.50.
Essay 3 December 2017
book cover One Hundred Years of Communism
Francis P. Sempa
Sempa discusses the history, atrocities, and appeal of communism on the hundredth anniversary of the Russian revolution. He recaps books including the Black Book of Communism, the Gulag Archipelago, and The Harvest of Sorrows.
Review 3 December 2017
book cover The Ambitious Intellectual
Ann-Michele Sproviero
Susan Sontag: the Making of an Icon, Revised and Updated by Carl Rollyson and Lisa Paddock. University Press of Mississippi, 2016. Paperback, 368 pages, $30.
Review 26 November 2017
book cover Edwards: From the Beginning of the Right
George H. Nash
Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty by Lee Edwards. ISI Books, 2017. Hardcover, 378 pages, $29.95.
Review 26 November 2017
book cover The Catholic Novel in an Age of Political Correctness
Trevor C. Merrill
Oregon Confetti, by Lee Oser. Wiseblood Books, 2017 Paper, 309 pages, $13.
Review 19 November 2017
book cover First States, then Nation
Richard M. Gamble
The American Revolution, State Sovereignty, and the American Constitutional Settlement, 1765–1800 by Aaron N. Coleman. Lexington Books, 2016. Paper, 259 pages, $46.99.
Review 19 November 2017
book cover The Ark of Tradition
Adrian Vermeule
Roman Catholicism and Political Form by Carl Schmitt, translated by G. L. Ulmen. Praeger, (1923) 1996. Hardcover, 112 pages, $94.
Review 12 November 2017
book cover The Education of Franklin Foer
Stephen Schmalhofer
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer. Penguin Press, 2017. Hardcover, 272 pages, $27.
Review 12 November 2017
book cover Frederick Turner, Bard and Prophet
Thomas F. Bertonneau
Apocalypse: An Epic Poem by Frederick Turner. The Ilium Press, 2016. Hardcover, 352 pages, $25.
Review 5 November 2017
book cover The McKinley Mystery
Carl Rollyson
President McKinley: Architect of the American Century by Robert W. Merry. Simon & Schuster, 2017. Hardcover, 624 pages, $35.
Books in Little 5 November 2017
book cover Books in Little: The Disaffected
Robert Grano
The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality by Justin Gest. Oxford University Press, 2016. Paper, xiii + 249 pages, $24.95
Review 29 October 2017
book cover Discipline and Desire
Steven Knepper
Some Permanent Things by James Matthew Wilson. Wiseblood Books, 2014. Paperback, 156 pages, $16.50.
Essay 29 October 2017
book cover Shining a Light on Dark Deeds
Ashlee Cowles
The Moral Imagination in the Mystery Novels of Sally Wright

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