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Interview 6 November 2016
book cover On the Rise of the Enlightenment
an interview by JP O’Malley
A conversation with British author and scholar Anthony Gottlieb on the rise of the Enlightenment; Rousseau’s politics; the influence of John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government on both the French Revolution and the American Constitution; and the progress of humanity.
Review 3 November 2016
book cover The Immigrants from Hell
Robert Huddleston
German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past During the Civil Rights Era by Monique Laney. Yale University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 320 pages, $35.
Review 30 October 2016
book cover A Regionalist Tragedy
Jon K. Lauck
Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County. by Larry Lockridge. Indiana University Press, 1994, 2014. Paperback, 544 pages, $25.
Review 30 October 2016
book cover American Cassandra
Gerald J. Russello
American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan by Greg Weiner. University Press of Kansas, 2015. Hardcover, 189 pages, $30.
Review 27 October 2016
book cover Airing Rome’s Dirty Laundry
A. M. Juster
Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet by Daisy Dunn. Harper, 2016. Hardcover, 336 pages, $26.
Review 23 October 2016
book cover The Fragility of Peace
Jordan M. Poss
Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World by Adrian Goldsworthy. Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 528 pages, $32.50.
Review 20 October 2016
book cover Is a Christian Society Possible?
Jeremy A. Kee
Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society by R. R. Reno. Regnery, 2016. Hardcover, 256 pages, $28.
Review 16 October 2016
book cover The Dread Beneath
Carl Rollyson
The War of the Worlds: From H. G. Wells to Orson Welles to Jeff Wayne, Steven Spielberg and Beyond by Peter J. Beck. Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Paper, 408 pages, $30.
Review 9 October 2016
book cover Watching Shadows
Greg Morrison
Gnomon: Essays on Contemporary Literature by Hugh Kenner. Dalkey Archive Press, 2016 (Originally McDowell, Oblensky: 1958). Paper, 302 pages, $18.
Review 2 October 2016
book cover Solidarity Against the Present Discontent
Daniel J. Mahoney
The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies by Ryszard Legutko, with a foreword by John O’Sullivan. Encounter Books, 2016. Hardcover, 182 pages, $24.
Review 29 September 2016
image Epic, Rock, Camp, and Beowulf
A. M. Juster
Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage by Jason Craig and Dave Malloy. Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI. Run: September 8–October 9, 2016.
Review 25 September 2016
book cover A Nearly Essential Goethe
Frank Freeman
The Essential Goethe by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, edited and introduced by Matthew Bell. Princeton University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 1056 pages, $40.
Review 21 September 2016
book cover The Last Pratchett
Peter L. Edman
The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett. HarperCollins, 2015. Hardcover, 288 pages, $19.
Review 18 September 2016
book cover Henry George, Anti-Statist
David S. D’Amato
Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age by Edward T. O’Donnell. Columbia University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 376 pages, $38.

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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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