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Review 2 July 2017
book cover A Window on a Vanishing World
Emőke Dénes
Comrade Baron: A Journey through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy by Jaap Scholten. Helena History Press, 2016. Paperback, 404 pages, $24.
Review 25 June 2017
book cover How to Implement First Principles
Karl C. Schaffenburg
The Permission Society: How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do About It by Timothy Sandefur. Encounter Books, 2016. Hardcover, 267 pages, $26.
On Letters and Essays 25 June 2017
Fr. Schall On the Human Art of Cooking
James V. Schall, S.J.
Fr. Schall reflects on cooking, and eating, inspired by a new family cookbook assembled by Anne Husted Burleigh.
Review 18 June 2017
book cover The Epistolary Petrarch
A. M. Juster
Selected Letters: Volumes I & II by Francesco Petrarca, translated and edited by Elaine Fantham. Harvard University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 800 + 816 pages, $30 + $30.
Review 18 June 2017
book cover A New Look at Ransom’s ‘Land’
Mark G. Malvasi
Land!: The Case for an Agrarian Economy by John Crowe Ransom. Edited by Jason Peters, with an Introduction by Jay T. Collier. University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Cloth, 156 pages, $25.
Review 11 June 2017
book cover Constitutionalism, Both Good and Horrid
Stephen B. Presser
Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century by Geoffrey R. Stone. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017. Cloth, 669 pages, $35.
Essay 11 June 2017
book cover Novak’s ‘Moral Clarity’ Revisited
Francis P. Sempa
Sempa looks back on the arguments and influence of Michael Novak’s influential 1983 essay on nuclear deterrence.
Review 4 June 2017
book cover In the Ruins, Hope
Bruce P. Frohnen
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher. Sentinel, 2017. Hardcover, 272 pages, $25.
Review 4 June 2017
book cover Elites and the Future of France
Eamon Moynihan
Le crépuscule de la France d’en haut by Christophe Guilluy. Flammarion, 2016. Paper, 253 pages, $45.
Essay 28 May 2017
Peter Lawler Peter Augustine Lawler, RIP
Bruce P. Frohnen
Bruce Frohnen helps the Bookman honor and say farewell to a longtime friend, Peter Augustine Lawler (1951–2017).
Essay 28 May 2017
book cover Wilmer Mills: The Poet as Maker
Steven Knepper
An introduction to and appreciation of the work of the modern agrarian poet Wilmer Mills (1968–2011).
Review 21 May 2017
book cover ‘It Was the End of Solo Singing’
Eve Tushnet
The Cypresses Believe in God by José María Gironella. Ignatius, [1953] 2005. Paper, 900 pages.
Review 21 May 2017
book cover Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens
Daniel James Sundahl
The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens by Paul Mariani Simon & Schuster, 2016. Hardcover, 483 pages, $30.
Review 15 May 2017
book cover American Imperialism and Its Discontents
Carl Rollyson
The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire by Stephen Kinzer. Henry Holt, 2017. Hardcover, 306 pages, $28.

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Real progress consists in the movement of mankind toward the understanding of norms, and toward conformity to norms. Real decadence consists in the movement of mankind away from the understanding of norms, and away from obedience to norms.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969

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