Review 22 March 2015
The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur by Mark Perry. Basic Books, 2014. Hardcover, 380 pages, $30.
Supreme Commander: MacArthur’s Triumph in Japan by Seymour Morris, Jr. Harper Collins, 2014. Hardcover, 363 pages, $27.
Essay 15 March 2015
Citizens Without States?
Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization: Citizens without States. Lee Trepanier and Khalil Habib, ed. University of Kentucky Press, 2011.
Paperback, 376 pages, $35.
Review 15 March 2015
Is It Too Late for Democracy?
Nell’età della tarda democrazia. Scritti sullo Stato, le istituzioni e la politica (In the Age of Late-Democracy: Essays on State, Institutions and Politics), by Lorenzo Ornaghi. Vita e Pensiero, 2013. Paperback, 385 pages, €28.
Essay 8 March 2015
Strange Inhabitants of the New World
An extract from the new edition of Tarkington's collected memoirs edited by Jeremy Beer. This selection includes some of Tarkington’s reflections on the dawn of the automobile age. “If you live, you will yourselves become strange inhabitants of the new world.”
Review 8 March 2015
Understanding the Cold War
A Brief History of the Cold War
by Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding.
The Heritage Foundation, 2014.
Paperback, 108 pages, $7.
Essay 1 March 2015
A Cause Lost—and Forgotten
Lessons from Mary Ward and the Women’s Anti-Suffragist Movement
Review 1 March 2015
In Communion with All the Past
David Jones in the Great War
by Thomas Dilworth.
Enitharmon Press (London), 2012.
Cloth, 228 pp., £15.
On Essays and Letters 22 February 2015
Father Schall reflects on an essay by Dr. Johnson on pleasure, joy, and humor.
Review 22 February 2015
Virtue, Family, and Community
The Republic of Virtue
by Paul Lake.
University of Evansville Press, 2013.
Hardcover, 80 pages, $15.
Review 17 February 2015
Recovering the Esoteric Reader
Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing by Arthur M. Melzer. University of Chicago Press, 2014. Hardcover, 464 pages, $45.
Review 16 February 2015
America’s First Public Intellectual
Selected Writings of Thomas Paine
Edited by Ian Shapiro and Jane E. Calvert.
Yale University Press, 2014.
Paperback, 676 pages, $18.
Review 8 February 2015
Dinner with Aristotle
The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think, by Julian Baggini.
Granta Books, 2014.
Paper, 280 pages, $14.
Review 8 February 2015
Is the Use of Religious Rhetoric by Presidents Effective?
God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion
by David O’Connell.
Hardcover, 452 pp., $54.95.
Review 1 February 2015
I Would Kill for the Thrill of First Love
by Sigrid Undset,
translated by Tiina Nunnally, with an introduction by Jane Smiley.
University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
Paperback, 128 pages, $16.
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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