Review 13 February 2012
It’s About the Music
Exploring U2: Is This Rock ’n’ Roll? by Scott Calhoun (ed.), Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012, 276 pp., hardcover, $60.
Best of the Bookman 12 February 2012
The Third Road
Economics of the Free Society, by Wilhelm Roepke. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1963. 261 pp.
Review 5 February 2012
Humanizing the Social Sciences
Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore
by Peter L. Berger.
Prometheus Books, 2011, 264pp, hardcover, $26.
Best of the Bookman 5 February 2012
Textbooks and the Audience for Poetry
In this essay from Spring 1964, poet Robert Beum points to some virtues of poetry and offers a modest proposal to address the decline of poetry in American culture.
Review 29 January 2012
On the Matter of Authentic Conservatism and Political Faith
From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism. By D. G. Hart. Eerdmans, 2011. 237 pages. $25.
Best of the Bookman 29 January 2012
Oakeshott and Conservatism
Rationalism in Politics and Other Essaysby Michael Oakeshott. New York: Basic Books, 1962. 333 pp. [rev ed. Liberty Fund, 1991]
Review 22 January 2012
The New Politics: Liberal Conservatism or Same Old Tories?
by Peter King, Policy Press (Bristol UK), 2011, 156pp, paper, $35.
Best of the Bookman 22 January 2012
A New ‘Rasselas’
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Warren Fleischauer. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 1962. 189 pp. [Edition reviewed; Penguin edition (Kindle); Free edition (Kindle)]
Review 15 January 2012
The Empire Goes Overboard
Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America by Benjamin L. Carp, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010, Cloth, 328 pp, $30
Best of the Bookman 14 January 2012
Memo to Irving Babbitt
In this Best of the Bookman essay from 1962, a writer who was then an associate professor of English at Michigan State, wrote a letter to Irving Babbitt, who died in 1933, assessing the state of education and culture in light of Babbit’s concerns during his lifetime.
Review 8 January 2012
Political Correctness and the War Against Authority
Society Against Itself: Political Correctness and Organizational Self-Destruction by Howard S. Schwartz, Karnac Books, 2010. Paper, 240 pp.
The Classics Revisited 8 January 2012
Witness over Sixty Years
Witness by Whittaker Chambers
(Random House, 1952)
Review 28 December 2011
Celebrated Minor Contemporary American Poetry
The Best American Poetry 2011
Edited by Kevin Young with David Lehman
Scribner (New York, NY), 2011, xxvi + 211 pp., $35.00
On Essays and Letters 28 December 2011
‘The Greatest Fool That Ever Lived’
In this bonus column, Father Schall reflects on the nature of philosophy, Stoicism, and the Incarnational view of life.
Mere unthinking negative opposition to
the current of events, clutching in despair at what we still
retain, will not suffice in this age. A conservatism of instinct
must be reinforced by a conservatism of thought and imagination.
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