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Review 3 March 2013
book cover The Perils of Neutrality
Bruce P. Frohnen
The Common Good of Constitutional Democracy: Essays in Political Philosophy and on Catholic Social Teaching by Martin Rhonheimer, edited by William F. Murphy, Jr. Catholic University of America Press, 2013. Paperback, 560 pages, $45.
Review 3 March 2013
book cover Capitalism vs. the Free Market
Ivan Pongracic
The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You edited by Tom Palmer. Jameson Books, Inc., 2011. Paperback, 129 pp., $8.95. Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy by Robert Sirico. Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2012. Hardcover, 213 pp. $27.95.
Review 24 February 2013
book cover Tolkien and the Great Tale
Adam Schwartz
The Christian World of ‘The Hobbit’ by Devin Brown. Abingdon Press, 2012 193 pp., $14.99 paper.
Best of the Bookman 24 February 2013
book cover Farming, Community, and Culture
N. Alan Cornett
Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community, by Wendell Berry. Pantheon Books 1994, 208 pp., $20, cloth; $10 paper.
Essay 21 February 2013
book cover Marital Distress and the 2012 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize
Eugene Schlanger
Sharon Olds’s “marital distress poetry” was awarded the 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize. The Wall Street Poet looks for some cultural or poetic significance in Olds’s verse.
Review 17 February 2013
book cover (The Future of) Liberalism in Our Disordered Age
Ted V. McAllister
Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream by Melvyn L. Fein. Transaction Press, 2012. Cloth, 359 pages, $40.
Interview 17 February 2013
image Prog Rock and the Permanent Things: More with Bradley Birzer
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
Part Two of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer says the conservative task privileges preserving and sanctifying culture over politics. He also discusses Augustine, Christian Humanism, and progressive rock.
Interview 10 February 2013
image The Libertarian Who Loves Kirk: Bradley Birzer on the Permanent Things
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
Part One of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer talks about his personal and intellectual influences and what he finds fascinating about Russell Kirk.
Review 10 February 2013
book cover Think Local, Act Local
Tobias J. Lanz
How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism by Roger Scruton. Oxford University Press, 2012. Hardcover, 464 pages, $30.
Review 3 February 2013
book cover A Church of One
Michael J. Ard
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry. Viking, 2012, Cloth, 480 pages, $35.
Best of the Bookman 3 February 2013
book cover An Exercise in Polemic
Barry Alan Shain
The Long Affair: Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785–1800, by Conor Cruise O’Brien. University of Chicago Press, 1996, 367 pp., $30 cloth.
Review 27 January 2013
book cover Hope or Despair? Roger Kimball and the Future of Culture
Wilfred M. McClay
The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia by Roger Kimball. St. Augustine’s Press, 2012. Hardcover, 360 pp., $35.
Best of the Bookman 27 January 2013
book cover Reflections on the Fundamental Law
Anthony Harrigan
The Conservative Constitution, by Russell Kirk. Regnery Gateway, 1990. Hardcover, 241 pp., $22.95 (as reviewed). Revised and expanded as Rights and Duties, with an introduction by Russell Hittinger (Spence, 1997).
Review 20 January 2013
book cover The Persistence of History
P. Bracy Bersnak
After Tocqueville: The Promise and Failure of Democracy by Chilton Williamson, Jr. ISI Books, 2012 Hardcover, 288 pages, $28

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