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Spring 2017

Contents

Review 26 March 2017
book cover An Adaptable Conservative
a review by Forfare Davis
Germaine de Staël: A Political Portrait by Biancamaria Fontana. Princeton UP, 2016. Hardcover, 296 pages, $35.
Review 26 March 2017
book cover Against the Tyranny of Feelings
a review by 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.
Review 2 April 2017
book cover Where Love Lies Corrupt
a review by Timothy D. Lusch
Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror by Waller R. Newell. Cambridge University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 264 pages, $30.
Review 2 April 2017
book cover Unwearying Aphorisms
a review by R. J. Snell
Doublethink/Doubletalk: Naturalizing Second Thoughts & Twofold Speech by Eva Brann. Paul Dry Books, 2016. Paper, 311 pages, $20.
Books in Little 9 April 2017
book cover Books in Little: Austen’s Catholic Landscapes
by 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 9 April 2017
book cover A Flawed and Fascinating Man
a review by Karl Gustel Wärnberg
Diary 1954 by Leopold Tyrmand. Northwestern University Press, 2014. Paperback, 400 pages, $28.
Review 9 April 2017
book cover Latin Einstein on the Beach
a review by 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 17 April 2017
book cover A Testament of Faith and Service
a review by André P. DeBattista
Last Testament by Benedict XVI with Peter Seewald, translated by Jacob Phillips. Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016. Hardcover, 288 pages, $24.
Review 17 April 2017
book cover Digital and the Return of the Real
a review by Gracy Olmstead
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax. PublicAffairs, 2016. Hardcover, 304 pages, 25.
Review 23 April 2017
book cover The Complex War Legacy of FDR
a review by Francis P. Sempa
1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History by Jay Winik. Simon & Schuster, 2015. Hardcover, 656 pages, $35.
Review 23 April 2017
book cover Searching for the Christian Mind
a review by Christopher Butynskyi
Liberal Learning and the Great Christian Traditions. Edited by Gary W. Jenkins and Jonathan Yonan. Pickwick Publications, 2015. Paperback, 168 pages, $22.
Review 29 April 2017
book cover Robert F. Kennedy and Our Times
a review by Jason K. Duncan
Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye. Random House, 2016. Hardcover, 580 pages, $32.
Review 30 April 2017
book cover Holding on to Hope
a review by Jeremy Kee
Out of the Ashes by Anthony Esolen. Regnery Publishing, 2017. Hardcover, 203 pages, $18.
Review 7 May 2017
book cover Ringing the Alarm for Hope
a review by David G. Bonagura, Jr.
Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput. Henry Holt and Company, 2017. Hardcover, 288 pages, $26.
Review 7 May 2017
book cover Doing Justice to Complexity
a review by Scott Beauchamp
Coleridge and the Conservative Imagination by Alan P. R. Gregory. Mercer University Press, 2003. Hardcover, 300 pages, $35.50.
Review 14 May 2017
book cover A Fine Closet of Curiosities
a review by David J. Davis
In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century’s Most Inquiring Mind by Hugh Aldersey-Williams. Norton, 2015. Hardcover, 352 pages, $27.
Review 15 May 2017
book cover American Imperialism and Its Discontents
a review by Carl Rollyson
The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire by Stephen Kinzer. Henry Holt, 2017. Hardcover, 306 pages, $28.
Review 21 May 2017
book cover Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens
a review by Daniel James Sundahl
The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens by Paul Mariani Simon & Schuster, 2016. Hardcover, 483 pages, $30.
Review 21 May 2017
book cover ‘It Was the End of Solo Singing’
a review by Eve Tushnet
The Cypresses Believe in God by José María Gironella. Ignatius, [1953] 2005. Paper, 900 pages.
Essay 28 May 2017
book cover Wilmer Mills: The Poet as Maker
by Steven Knepper
An introduction to and appreciation of the work of the modern agrarian poet Wilmer Mills (1968–2011).
Essay 28 May 2017
Peter Lawler Peter Augustine Lawler, RIP
by Bruce P. Frohnen
Bruce Frohnen helps the Bookman honor and say farewell to a longtime friend, Peter Augustine Lawler (1951–2017).
Review 4 June 2017
book cover Elites and the Future of France
a review by Eamon Moynihan
Le crépuscule de la France d’en haut by Christophe Guilluy. Flammarion, 2016. Paper, 253 pages, $45.
Review 4 June 2017
book cover In the Ruins, Hope
a review by Bruce P. Frohnen
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher. Sentinel, 2017. Hardcover, 272 pages, $25.
Essay 11 June 2017
book cover Novak’s ‘Moral Clarity’ Revisited
by Francis P. Sempa
Sempa looks back on the arguments and influence of Michael Novak’s influential 1983 essay on nuclear deterrence.
Review 11 June 2017
book cover Constitutionalism, Both Good and Horrid
a review by Stephen B. Presser
Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century by Geoffrey R. Stone. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017. Cloth, 669 pages, $35.
Review 18 June 2017
book cover A New Look at Ransom’s ‘Land’
a review by Mark G. Malvasi
Land!: The Case for an Agrarian Economy by John Crowe Ransom. Edited by Jason Peters, with an Introduction by Jay T. Collier. University of Notre Dame Press, 2017. Cloth, 156 pages, $25.
Review 18 June 2017
book cover The Epistolary Petrarch
a review by A. M. Juster
Selected Letters: Volumes I & II by Francesco Petrarca, translated and edited by Elaine Fantham. Harvard University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 800 + 816 pages, $30 + $30.

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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John Lukacs —the great contemporary historian has pieces in both Chronicles (on being surrounded by books) and First Things (on a displaced pianist).

Joseph Bottom on fraud, American-style.

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Helen Andrews on the moon landing and the 1970s. Helen (a 2017 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow) wrote one of our most popular pieces, a consideration of the anti-suffragettes.

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