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Review 6 March 2016
book cover A Modern Plutarch
Jason R. Edwards
The Road to Character by David Brooks. Random House, 2015. Hardcover, 320 pages, $28.
To the Point 6 March 2016
Kirk An Encounter with Ayn Rand
Russell Kirk
Review 28 February 2016
book cover Reading Sowell in the Badlands
Peter L. Edman
Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective by Thomas Sowell. Basic Books, 2015. Hardcover, 244 pages plus notes and index, $30.
Review 28 February 2016
book cover Rabelais in the Graveyard
Frank Freeman
Graveyard Clay (Cré na Cille): A Narrative in Ten Interludes by Máirtín Ó Cadhain, translated by Liam Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson. Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 368 pp., $25.
Review 21 February 2016
book cover A Memorial Wall of Words
Eamon Moynihan
Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev, translated by Antonina W. Bouis. New Vessel Press, 2016 Paper, 290 pages. $16.
Essay 13 February 2016
Scalia Antonin Scalia (1936–2016)
Stephen B. Presser
Professor Presser offers farewell remarks on the occasion of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and his hopes that the Justice’s principled approach to jurisprudence will yet carry the day.
Review 8 February 2016
book cover At Long Last
Benjamin G. Lockerd
The Poems of T. S. Eliot, edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 2 volumes, 1344 + 688 pages, $45/$40.
Essay 7 February 2016
book cover The Courage of Lewis and Clark
Pedro Blas González
González reflects on the journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to consider their effect on history and their surprisingly effective work in “existential ethnography.”
Editorial 2 February 2016
Editor’s Note: Conservatism in Disarray
Review 1 February 2016
book cover The Multifaceted Kirk
Spencer Case
Russell Kirk: American Conservative by Bradley J. Birzer. University Press of Kentucky, 2015. Hardcover, 608 pp., $35.
Review 24 January 2016
book cover Too Much Reality?
Martyn Wendell Jones
Amends: A Novel by Eve Tushnet. CreateSpace, 2015. Paper, 330 pages, $14.
Review 24 January 2016
book cover A Circle of Instigators
Adam Schwartz
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015. 644 pp., $35.00 cloth.
Review 17 January 2016
book cover The Start of the Division of Europe
John Lukacs
After Hitler: The Last Ten Days of World War II in Europe by Michael Jones. New American Library, 2015. Hardcover, pp. 374, $28.
Review 17 January 2016
book cover A Lived, not ‘Living’ Constitution
Steven H. Aden and Josiah A. Aden
The Constitution: An Introduction by Michael S. Paulsen and Luke Paulsen. Basic Books, 2015. Hardcover, 368 pages, $30.

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