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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.
Essay 4 February 2018
book cover Tomboys and Magic
Eve Tushnet
The creepy-cozy tales of John Bellairs.
Review 4 February 2018
book cover Patiently Learning to Belong
Jeffrey Bilbro
Port William Novels & Stories: The Civil War to World War II by Wendell Berry. Library of America, 2018. Hardcover, 1018 pages, $40.
Review 4 February 2018
book cover After Liberalism, Religion?
Joshua Dill
Holy Wars and Holy Alliance: The Return of Religion to the Global Political Stage by Manlio Graziano. Columbia University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 368 pages, $35.
Review 28 January 2018
book cover Everything We Knew Was Wrong
William Borman
Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX by Andrew Willard Jones. Emmaus Academic, 2017. Hardcover, 510 pages, $40.
Review 28 January 2018
book cover Public Relations Disaster
Brian K. Miller
The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle. PublicAffairs, 2017. Hardcover, 464 pages, $30.
Review 21 January 2018
book cover The Beauty of Order
Matthew M. Robare
The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition by James Matthew Wilson. The Catholic University of America Press, 2017. Paperback, 352 pages, $30.
Review 21 January 2018
book cover What Can We Learn from Ancient Sophistry?
Ryan Shinkel
Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates by Robert C. Bartlett. University of Chicago Press, 2016. Hardcover, 272 pages, $40.
Review 14 January 2018
book cover The Inevitability of Liberal Failure?
Samuel Goldman
Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen. Yale University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 256 pages, $40.
Books in Little 14 January 2018
book cover Books in Little: A Certain Freedom
Frank Freeman
Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis by Liesl Olson. Yale University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 392 pages, $35.
Review 14 January 2018
book cover The Words of a Giant of the Law
Stephen B. Presser
Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived by Antonin Scalia, edited by Christopher J. Scalia and Edward Whelan. Crown Forum, 2017. Cloth, 420 pages, $30.
Review 7 January 2018
book cover We’re in This Together
Sarah Ruden
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. W.W. Norton & Company, 2015. Paperback, 608 pages, $17.95.

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The twentieth-century conservative is concerned, first of all, with the regeneration of the spirit and character—with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding, and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at the highest.

Russell Kirk


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