Review 19 February 2012
The Substance of Nothing
The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution,
by Paul Horwitz.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 352 pages. $65.
Best of the Bookman 19 February 2012
A Call to Timelessness
The Letters of Wyndham Lewis,
edited by W. K. Rose.
New York: New Directions, 1964. 580 pp.
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)
Imagination it is that shapes society—moral imagination, or idyllic imagination, or diabolic imagination.
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