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Summer 2015

Contents

Review 28 June 2015
book cover Churchill Defends the Gallipoli Campaign
a review by Francis P. Sempa
Sempa looks at Winston Churchill’s attempts to defend the strategy of the Gallipoli offensive in World War I—and his role in it—a century after the disastrous campaign cost a quarter of a million lives.
On Letters and Essays 28 June 2015
book cover ‘Spoken with Sufficient Seriousness’
by James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on the letters and essays of Blaise Pascal, the “infinite spaces,” and the light of truth.
Books in Little 5 July 2015
book cover Books in Little
by Alexis Carra
Brief reviews of a new translation of Albert Camus’s Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism and James Matthew Wilson’s monograph on the poet Timothy Steele.
Review 5 July 2015
book cover From the Trenches to the Shire
a review by Matthew H. Young
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, & Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914–1918. by Joseph Loconte. Thomas Nelson, 2015. Hardcover, 244 pages, $25.
Review 5 July 2015
book cover The Final Artistic Taboo
a review by Mark Anthony Signorelli
After the End of Art: Contemporary Art and the Pale of History by Arthur Danto. Princeton University Press, 1997, 2014. Paperback, 272 pages, $20.
Review 12 July 2015
book cover Look Under the Turnip
a review by Craig Bernthal
The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver Schönwerth, translated with an introduction and commentary by Maria Tatar. Penguin Classics, 2015. Paperback, 288 pages, $17.
Interview 12 July 2015
Piers Paul Read Dangers to the Soul
an interview by Karl Schmude
A conversation with novelist Piers Paul Read on his work, the state of the Catholic novel, the nature of the family, and more.
Review 19 July 2015
book cover A Tale of Contagious Enthusiasm
a review by Gene Callahan
How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem. by Rod Dreher. Regan Arts, 2015. Hardcover, 300 pages. $30.
Review 20 July 2015
book cover The Geneaology of Decadence?
a review by Eamon Moynihan
Soumission by Michel Houellebecq. Paris: Flammarion, 2015. Hardcover, 300 pages, $50.
Essay 26 July 2015
book cover Terry Castle: The Anti-Paglia
by Helen Andrews
What is it that makes The Professor and Other Writings the best American essay collection since Consider the Lobster?
Review 2 August 2015
book cover A Certain Cold Grandeur
a review by Jason K. Duncan
On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith. Random House, 2014. Hardcover, 842 pages, $38.
Review 2 August 2015
book cover A Glimpse of Something Lost
a review by Nathan P. Origer
America Moved: Booth Tarkington’s Memoirs of Time and Place, 1869–1928 by Booth Tarkington, edited by Jeremy Beer. Front Porch Republic Books, 2015. Paperback, 270 pages, $32.
Review 9 August 2015
book cover An Old Tale, Retold
a review by Pedro Blas González
Grendel by John Gardner. Vintage, 1971, 1989. Paperback, 192 pages, $14.
Review 9 August 2015
book cover The Heritage of Ta-Nehisi Coates
a review by Helen Andrews
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. Hardcover, 176 pages, $24.
Review 16 August 2015
book cover Learning What We Don’t Know
a review by Allen Mendenhall
The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World by Robert P. Waxler. Bloomsbury, 2014. Paper, 191 pages, $30.
Review 16 August 2015
book cover A Literary Bloodhound Tracks Eliot
a review by Lee Oser
Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land by Robert Crawford. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015. Hardcover, 493 + xvi pages, $35.
Review 23 August 2015
book cover A Terrible Beauty
a review by Michael Warren Davis
Displacement by Derek Turner. Endeavour Press, 2015. E-book, 1054 Kb, $3.
Review 30 August 2015
book cover Who Governs the World?
a review by Flavio Felice
Chi governa il mondo? by Sabino Cassese. Bologna: il Mulino, 2013. Paperback, 138 pages, $21.57. English edition: The Global Polity: Global Dimensions of Democracy and the Rule of Law. Sevilla: Global Law Press/Editorial Derecho Global, 2012. Etext, free.
Review 30 August 2015
book cover Complicating the Nixon Story
a review by Francis P. Sempa
The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952–1961 by Irwin F. Gellman. Yale University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 791 pages, $40.
On Letters and Essays 30 August 2015
book cover ‘Et tu, Brute?’
by James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on the death of Caesar and the speech of Mark Antony.
Review 13 September 2015
book cover Re-introducing Japan’s Conservatives
a review by Jason Morgan
Japan’s Love-Hate Relationship with the West by Hirakawa Sukehiro. Global Oriental (Kent, UK), 2005. Hardcover, 400 pages, $90.
Review 13 September 2015
book cover On Not Being Boring
a review by Robert C. Koons
Acedia and its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire by R. J. Snell. Angelico Press, 2015. Paperback, 144 pages, $15.

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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