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Review 17 April 2017
book cover A Testament of Faith and Service
André P. DeBattista
Last Testament by Benedict XVI with Peter Seewald, translated by Jacob Phillips. Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016. Hardcover, 288 pages, $24.
Review 9 April 2017
book cover Latin Einstein on the Beach
Patrick J. Burns
Ossa Latinitatis Sola, or, The Mere Bones of Latin According to the Thought and System of Reginald by Reginald Thomas Foster and Daniel Patrick McCarthy. Catholic University of America Press, 2016. Paperback, 800 pages, $40.
Review 9 April 2017
book cover A Flawed and Fascinating Man
Karl Gustel Wärnberg
Diary 1954 by Leopold Tyrmand. Northwestern University Press, 2014. Paperback, 400 pages, $28.
Books in Little 9 April 2017
book cover Books in Little: Austen’s Catholic Landscapes
Robert Grano
Jane Austen and the Reformation: Remembering the Sacred Landscape by Roger E. Moore. Ashgate Publishing Company, 2016. Hardcover, x + 167 pages, $149.95
Review 2 April 2017
book cover Unwearying Aphorisms
R. J. Snell
Doublethink/Doubletalk: Naturalizing Second Thoughts & Twofold Speech by Eva Brann. Paul Dry Books, 2016. Paper, 311 pages, $20.
Review 2 April 2017
book cover Where Love Lies Corrupt
Timothy D. Lusch
Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror by Waller R. Newell. Cambridge University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 264 pages, $30.
Review 26 March 2017
book cover Against the Tyranny of Feelings
John C. Chalberg
The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism edited by Mark Bauerlein and Adam Bellow. Templeton Press, 2015. Hardcover, 280 pages, $28.
On Letters and Essays 26 March 2017
book cover De Animali Ambulante
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall enjoys Alexandra Horowitz’s book on walking and paying attention to what you encounter.
Review 26 March 2017
book cover An Adaptable Conservative
Forfare Davis
Germaine de Staël: A Political Portrait by Biancamaria Fontana. Princeton UP, 2016. Hardcover, 296 pages, $35.
Review 19 March 2017
image Testimony to a Catholic Existentialist
Gregory Wolfe
Renée Radell: Web of Circumstance by Eleanor Heartney. Predmore Press, 2016. Hardcover, 220 pages, $80.
Review 19 March 2017
book cover Strange Thing: How Camus Wrote ‘The Stranger’
Frank Freeman
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic by Alice Kaplan. University of Chicago Press, 2016. Hardcover, 288 pages, $26.
Review 16 March 2017
book cover Books in Little: End of an Era
Tatiana Lozano
This Gulf of Fire: The Great Lisbon Earthquake, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason by Mark Molesky. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. Hardcover, 512 pages, $35.
Review 12 March 2017
book cover Glimpses of a Great Light
Greg Morrison
Ronald Knox: A Man for All Seasons edited by Francesca Bugliani Knox. PIMS, 2016. Hardcover, 416 pages, $65.
Review 12 March 2017
book cover A Splendid Retelling
Francis P. Sempa
Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940 by John Kelly. Scribner, 2015. Hardcover, 384 pages, $30.

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The moral imagination is the principal possession that man does not share with the beasts. It is man’s power to perceive ethical truth, abiding law, in the seeming chaos of many events. Without the moral imagination, man would live merely day to day, or rather moment to moment, as dogs do. It is the strange faculty—inexplicable if men are assumed to have an animal nature only—of discerning greatness, justice, and order, beyond the bars of appetite and self-interest.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969

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