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Best of the Bookman 11 September 2011
First Principles: Remedy for a Nation at Risk
Annette Kirk
The Classics Revisited 21 August 2011
book cover Bottom Rail on Top
James E. Person Jr.
Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter’s Son by William Alexander Percy (Alfred A. Knopf, 1941), 348 pp.
Review 14 August 2011
image Directions Back to the Public Square
A. W. R. Hawkins
Exiting a Dead End Road: A GPS for Christians in Public Discourse edited by Gudrun and Martin Kugler (Vienna, Austria: Kairos Publishing, 2010), paper, 353 pp. (introduction and table of contents available here).
Best of the Bookman 14 August 2011
In Praise of Latin
J. A. Fallon
This “Best of the Bookman” essay from the 1980s looks at the role of Latin in education between 1935 and 1985—and its consequences.
Review 7 August 2011
book cover Forgotten Name, Enduring Legacy
David G. Bonagura, Jr.
Founding Federalist: The Life of Oliver Ellsworth by Michael C. Toth (Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2011). 240 pages, $25.
Best of the Bookman 7 August 2011
book cover Universities: American, European, Third World
Thomas Molnar
In this 1981 installment from our archives, the late historian Thomas Molnar assesses the state of the modern university. Don’t be misled by the innocuous title: Molnar looks at institutions around the world to illustrate his argument that modern education is now wholly separated from true scholarship.
Essay 31 July 2011
Peter J. Stanlis (1920–2011)
Ian Crowe
Farewell to a great friend, Burke scholar, and one of the most influential American men of letters in the twentieth century.
Best of the Bookman 31 July 2011
book cover Robert Nisbet and the Idea of Community
Fred Donovan Hill
This “Best of the Bookman” essay from 1978 discusses Robert Nisbet's understanding of community and in particular his reading of the great sociologists on the subject of the severe and even pathological isolation of the individual in modern society.
Review 24 July 2011
book cover What was the Enlightenment?
Christopher O. Blum
A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy by Jonathan Israel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010). Pages xiv, 276.
Best of the Bookman 24 July 2011
book cover The Oracle of the South
M. E. Bradford
The Essential Calhoun: Selections from Writings, Speeches, and Letters. Edited with an Introduction by Clyde Wilson. Foreword by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903), 436 pp., $32.95.
Review 17 July 2011
book cover What’s the Supreme Court Supposed to Do?
Stephen B. Presser
The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789–2008 by Lucas A Powe, Jr. Harvard University Press (Cambridge and London), 432 pages, paper $19.95, 2011.
Best of the Bookman 17 July 2011
book cover A Conservative Scholar’s Wisdom
George H. Nash
The Case For Conservatism, by Francis Graham Wilson, with a new introduction by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903), 74 pp., $21.95, cloth.
Editorial 11 July 2011
Editor’s Note: Pressing On
Essay 10 July 2011
Otto von Habsburg (20 November 1912–4 July 2011)
Denis Kitzinger
A eulogy for one of the great defenders of Christian Europe. May he rest in peace.

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