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Fall 2016

Contents

Review 25 September 2016
book cover A Nearly Essential Goethe
a review by 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 29 September 2016
image Epic, Rock, Camp, and Beowulf
a review by 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 2 October 2016
book cover Solidarity Against the Present Discontent
a review by 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 9 October 2016
book cover Watching Shadows
a review by Greg Morrison
Gnomon: Essays on Contemporary Literature by Hugh Kenner. Dalkey Archive Press, 2016 (Originally McDowell, Oblensky: 1958). Paper, 302 pages, $18.
Review 16 October 2016
book cover The Dread Beneath
a review by 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 20 October 2016
book cover Is a Christian Society Possible?
a review by Jeremy A. Kee
Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society by R. R. Reno. Regnery, 2016. Hardcover, 256 pages, $28.
Review 23 October 2016
book cover The Fragility of Peace
a review by 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 27 October 2016
book cover Airing Rome’s Dirty Laundry
a review by A. M. Juster
Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet by Daisy Dunn. Harper, 2016. Hardcover, 336 pages, $26.
Review 30 October 2016
book cover American Cassandra
a review by 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 30 October 2016
book cover A Regionalist Tragedy
a review by 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 3 November 2016
book cover The Immigrants from Hell
a review by 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.
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 6 November 2016
book cover Conservative Crack-up, Republican Rout?
a review by Bruce P. Frohnen
Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism by George Hawley. University Press of Kansas, 2016. Hardcover, 376 pages, $35.
Review 10 November 2016
book cover Balancing Happy and Real
a review by Katherine Khorey
Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles. Merit Press, 2016. Hardcover, 272 pages, $18.
Review 13 November 2016
book cover Beautiful Losers
a review by Greg Morrison
Heroic Failure and the British by Stephanie Barczewski. Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 280 pages, $40.
Books in Little 17 November 2016
book cover Books in Little: Seven Prophets
by Frank Freeman
American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice by Albert J. Raboteau. Princeton University Press, 2016. Cloth, 248 pages, $30.
Review 20 November 2016
book cover Kirk and the Hope for Recovery
a review by James E. Person Jr.
Enemies of the Permanent Things: Observations of Abnormity in Literature and Politics by Russell Kirk, with an introduction by Benjamin G. Lockerd. Cluny Media, 2016. Paper, 399 pages, $20.
Books in Little 23 November 2016
book cover Books in Little: Those Intolerable Christians
by Karl C. Schaffenburg
Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry W. Hurtado. Baylor University Press, 2016. Hardback, 304 pages, $30.
Review 27 November 2016
book cover Sightings of an Endangered Species
a review by Jake Meador
Poetry Night at the Ballpark and Other Scenes from an Alternative America: Writings, 1986–2014 by Bill Kauffman. Front Porch Republic Books, 2015. Paperback, 442 pages, $51.
Review 1 December 2016
book cover Taking Things as They Are
a review by Lee Oser
Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly with an introduction by Stephen Mirarchi. Cluny Media, 2015. Paper, 198+xiv pages, $18.
Review 4 December 2016
book cover A Samurai’s Hidden Gospel
a review by Jason Morgan
A Christian Samurai: The Trials of Baba Bunkō by William J. Farge, SJ; Foreword by Kevin M. Doak. The Catholic University of America Press, 2016. Hardcover, 336 pages, $35.
Review 8 December 2016
image Passos and Century’s End
a review by Pedro Blas González
Century’s Ebb: The Thirteenth Chronicle by John Dos Passos. Gambit, 1975. Hardcover, 474 pages.
Review 11 December 2016
book cover Heroism Was Still Possible
a review by Helen Andrews
¡No Pasarán!: Writings from the Spanish Civil War edited by Pete Ayrton. Pegasus, 2016. Hardcover, 448 pages, $26.
On Letters and Essays 15 December 2016
image The Road to ‘Reunion’ Examined
by James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reviews a satirical essay from Ronald Knox on the union of world religions.
Review 18 December 2016
book cover To Paradise, By Way of Kensal Green
a review by Eve Tushnet
The English Way: Studies in English Sanctity from St. Bede to Newman Edited by Maisie Ward, introduction by Bradley J. Birzer. Cluny Media, [1933] 2016. Paperback, 366 pages, $19.
To the Point 19 December 2016
Kirk Digging Up the Bones of Empire
by Russell Kirk
TO THE POINT: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1969
Books in Little 22 December 2016
book cover Books in Little: Kauffman’s ‘Deplorable’ Americans
by Thomas DePietro
America First! Its History, Culture, and Politics by Bill Kauffman. Prometheus Books, 2016. Paperback, 390 pages, $18.

Real progress consists in the movement of mankind toward the understanding of norms, and toward conformity to norms. Real decadence consists in the movement of mankind away from the understanding of norms, and away from obedience to norms.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969

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