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Spring 2018

Contents

On Letters and Essays 25 March 2018
book cover On Aristotle: Impressive Interpretations
by James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall discusses Aristotle and James Joyce and Islam—along with the way things are, and the nature of liberal education—in a discussion of the recent work of Fran O’Rourke.
Review 25 March 2018
book cover The Bible Refreshed
a review by Elizabeth Bittner
The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible by Sarah Ruden. Pantheon Books, 2017. Hardcover, 232 pages, $27.
Review 25 March 2018
book cover A Liberal Pope for a Conservative Church
a review by David G. Bonagura, Jr.
To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism by Ross Douthat. Simon & Schuster, 2018. Hardcover, 256 pages, $26. Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock by Philip F. Lawler. Regnery Gateway, 2018. Hardcover, 256 pages, $27.
Review 1 April 2018
book cover Sparring Theists
a review by Casey Chalk
Five Proofs of the Existence of God by Edward Feser. Ignatius Press, 2017. Paperback, 336 pages, $20.
Review 1 April 2018
book cover Zuckerberg’s Philosopher
a review by James Kalb
The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man by Stephen Frederic Dale. Harvard University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 400 pages, $31.
Review 1 April 2018
book cover A Coat of Varnish
a review by John Byron Kuhner
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson. W. W. Norton & Company, 2017. Hardcover, 592 pages, $40.
Review 8 April 2018
book cover The Evangelical Political Mind
a review by Matthew Stokes
American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism by Matthew Avery Sutton. Belknap Press, 2014 (2017). Paperback, 480 pages, $23.
Review 8 April 2018
book cover An Iron Lady Recast
a review by Chris Butynskyi
Margaret Thatcher: Shaping the New Conservatism by Meredith Veldman. Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback, 232 pages, $16.95.
Review 8 April 2018
book cover Not Only Narnia: Lewis as Political Thinker
a review by Gary L. Gregg II
The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis by Alister E. McGrath. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Paperback, 191 pages, $36. C. S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law by Justin Buckley Dyer and Micah J. Watson. Cambridge University Press, 2016. Paperback, 160 pages, $27.
Essay 15 April 2018
book cover Why We Need Liverpool
by William Anthony Hay
Hay invites a reassessment of Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, the long-serving nineteenth-century British Prime Minister.
Review 15 April 2018
book cover The Naked Emperors
a review by Eve Tushnet
Jews Queers Germans: A Novel/History by Martin Duberman. Seven Stories Press, 2017. Paperback, 384 pages, $20.
Review 15 April 2018
book cover Not Just Another World War Two Book
a review by David De Gregorio
The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson. Basic Books, 2017. Hardcover, 720 pages, $40.
Review 22 April 2018
book cover Vandenberg in Full: Babbitt No More
a review by Jon K. Lauck
Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century by Hendrik Meijer. University of Chicago Press, 2017. Hardcover, 448 pages, $35.
Review 22 April 2018
book cover The Religion of Human Rights
a review by Addison Del Mastro
The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom by Aaron Rhodes. Encounter Books, 2018. Hardcover, 280 pages, $28.
Review 22 April 2018
book cover Good Music and Christian Music
a review by Mark Hijleh
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock by Gregory Alan Thornbury. Convergent Books, 2018. Hardcover, 292 pages. $26.
Review 29 April 2018
book cover Degrees of Uselessness
a review by Kevin P. Shields
A Practical Education: Why Liberal Arts Majors Make Great Employees by Randall Stross. Redwood Press / Stanford University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 291 pages, $25.
Review 29 April 2018
book cover What Did the Declaration Declare?
a review by Glenn A. Moots
The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government by Steve Pincus. Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 207 pages, $26.
Essay 30 April 2018
book cover Hoffer and the True Believers
by Pedro Blas González
González discusses the contributions of Eric Hoffer, one of twentieth-century philosophy’s only genuinely free spirits, in identifying the self-absorption and moral cancer of modern totalitarians.
Review 6 May 2018
book cover The Duty to Rewrite History
a review by John C. Chalberg
Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian by Richard Aldous. W.W. Norton, 2017. Hardcover, 486 pages, $30.
Essay 6 May 2018
Discover Japan Magazine 2018-02 The Meiji Restoration at 150
by Jason Morgan
Many in Japan are now looking back and taking stock of just how perilous, and contested, the much-taunted Meiji triumph really was. Morgan looks at popular and academic rethinking of the Meiji era and how this may affect Japan’s self-identity and foreign policy.
Interview 6 May 2018
book cover Conservative Fictions, Fictional Conservatism?
an interview by Mark Judge
Mark Judge interviews Adam Bellow, longtime publishing executive and founder of Liberty Island, where a new counterculture is forming around conservative and libertarian writers. They talk conservative publishing, genre fiction, and the practicalities of breaking into the liberal cultural world.
Review 13 May 2018
book cover Greenspan’s Intermezzo
a review by Gilbert NMO Morris
The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby. Penguin Books, 2016, 2017. Paperback, 781 pages, $22.
Review 13 May 2018
book cover Feeding the Little Platoons
a review by Stephen Schmalhofer
Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll. Persephone Books, 2008. Paperback, 264 pages, $22.
Review 13 May 2018
book cover The ‘Woke’ History of Democracy
a review by Bruce P. Frohnen
Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought by James T. Kloppenberg. Oxford University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 912 pages, $35.
Essay 20 May 2018
University Club, Washington DC What Exactly Do We Agree On?
by Micah Meadowcroft
At the Modern Age panel on conservatism after Trump
Essay 20 May 2018
Heavenly Bodies exhibit graphic Saving What Is Lost
by Maria Grizzetti
A reflection on fashion and the Catholic Imagination inspired by “Heavenly Bodies,” the current exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Review 20 May 2018
book cover The Best Classical Latin Poet You’ve Never Heard Of
a review by Michael Fontaine
The Elegies of Maximianus translated by A. M. Juster. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. Hardcover, 240 pages, $65.
Review 27 May 2018
book cover Stories of the Lost, Wandering Soul of Modern America
a review by James E. Person Jr.
Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories by Thomas McGuane. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Cloth, 354 pages, $35.
Essay 27 May 2018
book cover The Cinema of Failure
by Titus Techera
Four films of Terrence Malick.
Review 27 May 2018
book cover The Auroras of Helen Vendler
a review by Daniel James Sundahl
The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar: essays on poets & poetry by Helen Vendler. Harvard University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 444 pages, $35.
Review 3 June 2018
book cover Which Philosophers Lived Their Thought?
a review by Frank Freeman
Lives of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius, translated by Pamela Mensch, edited by James Miller. Oxford University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 720 pages, $45.
Essay 3 June 2018
Two allegorical figures from the mantle of the Kirk Center Library A Place on the Walls
by Sam Burnham
How we decorate tends to communicate more about us to ourselves rather than to others. So the way we decorate our homes can be an important contributor to our well-being.
Review 3 June 2018
book cover The Dismissed in Revolt
a review by Addison Del Mastro
The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Salena Zito and Brad Todd. Crown Forum, 2018. Hardcover, 309 pages, $28.
Review 10 June 2018
book cover The Questions Behind Populism
a review by Marlo Safi
Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism edited by Roger Kimball. Encounter Books, 2017. Hardcover, 216 pages, $24.
On Letters and Essays 10 June 2018
book cover From Hope to Hope: On the Mind of Man
by James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall looks at an early essay of Samuel Johnson to reflect on fame, envy, hope, and our tendency to live in the future.
Review 10 June 2018
book cover The Cycles of Networked History?
a review by Matthew M. Robare
The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson. Penguin Press, 2018. Hardcover, 592 pages, $30.
Review 17 June 2018
book cover Cracking Jokes at the Crack of Doom
a review by Timothy D. Lusch
Lincoln’s Sense of Humor by Richard Carwardine. Southern Illinois University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 184 pages, $24.95.
Review 17 June 2018
book cover Philanthropy Is Not Charity
a review by Brad Langhoff
The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity by Jeremy Beer. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Hardcover, 124 pages, $20.
Review 17 June 2018
book cover Put In This World to Do Battle
a review by Nicholas Kennicott
Imaginative Conservatism: The Letters of Russell Kirk edited by James E. Person Jr. University of Kentucky Press, 2018. Hardcover, 432 pages, $40.

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

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Bookman Contributors Elsewhere

Grant Havers writes on a disturbing religious court case in Canada.

Dan McCarthy has a review-essay on Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed and William Galston’s Anti-Pluralism, newly published at The National Interest.

Titus Techera and Terry Teachout discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Allen Mendenhall in the Los Angeles Review of Books on slavery and the Supreme Court.

Gerald Russello reviews Roger Scruton’s new Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition for National Review.

George Nash gave a lecture on World War I and its legacy.

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