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Winter 2018

Contents

Review 24 December 2017
book cover William F. Buckley, Jr. and His Presidents
a review by G. Tracy Mehan, III
A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. by Alvin S. Felzenberg. Yale University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 417 pages, $35.
Review 24 December 2017
book cover What Happened to Blackford Oakes?
a review by William F. Meehan III
A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. by Alvin S. Felzenberg. Yale University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 417 pages, $35.
Interview 27 December 2017
book cover Great Minds and Humble Servants
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
In this conversation, Philipp Rosemann, general editor of the Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations series, discusses his work to make accessible the work of medieval texts in Latin, and why tradition needs both the major figures and those who help transmit their ideas for new generations.
Review 31 December 2017
book cover The Problem with Liberalism
a review by Ted McAllister
The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. Hardcover, 226 pages, $24.
Review 31 December 2017
book cover The High Price of Duty
a review by Daniel McCarthy
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla. HarperCollins, 2017. Hardcover, 143 pages, $25.
Review 7 January 2018
book cover Mistaking Defeat for Victory?
a review by Jesse Merriam
Defending Faith: The Politics of the Christian Conservative Legal Movement by Daniel Bennett. University Press of Kansas, 2017. Hardcover, 224 pages, $35.
Review 7 January 2018
book cover We’re in This Together
a review by Sarah Ruden
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. W.W. Norton & Company, 2015. Paperback, 608 pages, $17.95.
Review 14 January 2018
book cover The Words of a Giant of the Law
a review by Stephen B. Presser
Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived by Antonin Scalia, edited by Christopher J. Scalia and Edward Whelan. Crown Forum, 2017. Cloth, 420 pages, $30.
Books in Little 14 January 2018
book cover Books in Little: A Certain Freedom
by Frank Freeman
Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis by Liesl Olson. Yale University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 392 pages, $35.
Review 14 January 2018
book cover The Inevitability of Liberal Failure?
a review by Samuel Goldman
Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen. Yale University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 256 pages, $40.
Review 21 January 2018
book cover What Can We Learn from Ancient Sophistry?
a review by Ryan Shinkel
Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates by Robert C. Bartlett. University of Chicago Press, 2016. Hardcover, 272 pages, $40.
Review 21 January 2018
book cover The Beauty of Order
a review by Matthew M. Robare
The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition by James Matthew Wilson. The Catholic University of America Press, 2017. Paperback, 352 pages, $30.
Review 28 January 2018
book cover Public Relations Disaster
a review by Brian K. Miller
The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle. PublicAffairs, 2017. Hardcover, 464 pages, $30.
Review 28 January 2018
book cover Everything We Knew Was Wrong
a review by William Borman
Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX by Andrew Willard Jones. Emmaus Academic, 2017. Hardcover, 510 pages, $40.
Review 4 February 2018
book cover After Liberalism, Religion?
a review by Joshua Dill
Holy Wars and Holy Alliance: The Return of Religion to the Global Political Stage by Manlio Graziano. Columbia University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 368 pages, $35.
Review 4 February 2018
book cover Patiently Learning to Belong
a review by Jeffrey Bilbro
Port William Novels & Stories: The Civil War to World War II by Wendell Berry. Library of America, 2018. Hardcover, 1018 pages, $40.
Essay 4 February 2018
book cover Tomboys and Magic
by Eve Tushnet
The creepy-cozy tales of John Bellairs.
Review 11 February 2018
book cover A Quiet American in Vietnam
a review by John C. Chalberg
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot. Liveright Publishing, 2018. Hardcover, 715 pages, $35.
Review 11 February 2018
book cover The Unwritten Constitution Today
a review by Ted McAllister
Constitutional Morality and the Rise of the Quasi-Law by Bruce P. Frohnen and George W. Carey. Harvard University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 304 pages, $45.
Review 18 February 2018
book cover What Popper Saw in Churchill
a review by Daniel J. Mahoney
The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty: A View from Europe by João Carlos Espada. Routledge, 2016. Hardcover, 212 pages, $149.95.
Review 18 February 2018
book cover Keeper of the Cosmopolitan Flame
a review by Gilbert NMO Morris
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey Stewart. Oxford University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 932 pages, $30.
Review 18 February 2018
book cover The Wonder of Medieval Europe
a review by Timothy D. Lusch
The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones. Viking, 2017. Hardcover, 448 pages, $30.
Review 25 February 2018
book cover A New, Old Way to Learn Latin
a review by David G. Bonagura, Jr.
Learning Latin the Ancient Way: Latin Textbooks from the Ancient World by Eleanor Dickey. Cambridge University Press, 2016. Softcover, 197 pages, $30.
Review 25 February 2018
book cover To Hear a Baby Crying
a review by Jake Meador
Water at the Roots: Poems and Insights of a Visionary Farmer by Philip Britts. Plough Publishing House, 2018. Paperback, 179 pages, $16.
Review 25 February 2018
book cover Political Thinking from the Hillbilly Thomist
a review by Karl C. Schaffenburg
A Political Companion to Flannery O’Connor edited by Henry T. Edmonson III. The University Press of Kentucky, 2017. Hardcover, 398 pages, $60.
Review 4 March 2018
book cover Waltharius and the Epic Quest for Epic Poetry
a review by A. M. Juster
Waltharius edited and translated by Abram Ring. Peeters, 2016. Paperback, 198 pages, $63.
Review 4 March 2018
book cover A Little More Crafty
a review by Gracy Olmstead
Cræft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands. W.W. Norton & Company, 2018. Hardcover, 352 pages, $27.
Essay 4 March 2018
Presidential seal, CC-BY Trump so Far
by Bruce P. Frohnen
“Any report card on the Trump Presidency must begin by recognizing the great progress he has made in undermining the power and legitimacy of our progressive elites.”
Review 11 March 2018
book cover Rousseau’s Reactionary Disciple
a review by Greg Morrison
Memoirs from Beyond the Grave: 1768–1800 by François-René de Chateaubriand, translated by Alex Andriesse. New York Review Books Classics, 2018. Softcover, 584 pages, $20.
Essay 11 March 2018
book cover Who Is Blackford Oakes?
by William F. Meehan III
Meehan introduces or reintroduces readers to the protagonist of William F. Buckley Jr.’s classic Cold War spy novels—an unambiguous good guy.
Review 11 March 2018
book cover Everything You Think You Know About Fascism Is Wrong
a review by Scott Beauchamp
The Age of Secularization by Augusto Del Noce, translated by Carlo Lancellotti. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017. Paperback, 304 pages, $35.
Review 18 March 2018
book cover The Judges’ Law Book: A Major Study of John Selden
a review by W. Bradford Littlejohn
John Selden and the Western Political Tradition by Ofir Haivry. Cambridge University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 518 pages, $100.
Review 18 March 2018
book cover What Punishment? Whose Community?
a review by Charles Fain Lehman
The Machinery of Criminal Justice by Stephanos Bibas. Oxford University Press, 2012, 2015. Paperback, 320 pages, $29.
Review 18 March 2018
book cover What’s Good for GM is Good for Marcuse
a review by Grant Havers
Conservatives Against Capitalism: From the Industrial Revolution to Globalization by Peter Kolozi. Columbia University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 250 pages. $60.

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