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Interview 25 November 2012
Photo: Kyle Cassidy, Wikimedia A Road Not Taken
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
In the aftermath of the 2012 election, the Bookman interviews Michael Brendan Dougherty, national correspondent for The American Conservative, on the thinking and likely influence of Patrick J. Buchanan and his New Majority—and the prospects for Republicans to interrupt current trends by reaching out to African-Americans and urban voters.
Best of the Bookman 25 November 2012
book cover A Conservative Scholar’s Wisdom
George H. Nash
The Case for Conservatism by Francis Graham Wilson, with a new introduction by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers [1951, 1969, 1990, 2011], 74 pp., $20 paper.
Review 18 November 2012
book cover A Candle in the Darkness
Stephen B. Presser
Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner. Thomson/West (St. Paul), 2012608 pp., $49.95, cloth.
Best of the Bookman 18 November 2012
book cover The Character of Our Constitution
Bruce Frohnen
Rights and Duties: Reflections on Our Conservative Constitution by Russell Kirk. Spence Publishing Company, 1997, 208 pp., $28 cloth.
Review 11 November 2012
book cover Pure Narrative Pleasure
Craig Bernthal
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman. Viking Adult, 2012, Cloth, 400 pages, $28.
Best of the Bookman 11 November 2012
book cover Living Conservatism
Edward Ericson, Jr.
Virtue and the Promise of Conservatism: the Legacy of Burke and Tocqueville, by Bruce Frohnen. University Press of Kansas, 1993. Cloth, 264 pages, $25.
Essay 5 November 2012
book cover Jacques Barzun, 1907–2012
Mark Malvasi
“Neither an unthinking optimist nor a congenital pessimist, Barzun took the long view that only history can provide.”
Review 4 November 2012
book cover The Gifts of the Present
James E. Person Jr.
Berkeley-Paris Express: A Lively Memoir of Studying Classical Music and Painting by Webster Young. Santa Fe, N.M.: Editions D’Auteurs, 2012, 347 pages, $14.50; Kindle Edition, $9.95.
Best of the Bookman 4 November 2012
book cover The Unknown Hegel
W. Wesley McDonald
The Search for Historical Meaning: Hegel and the Postwar American Right by Paul Edward Gottfried. Dekalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1986, Revised edition 2010. Paper, $24.
Review 31 October 2012
The Living, the Dead, and the Living Dead
Ashlee L. Cowles
Lord of the Hollow Dark by Russell Kirk. St. Martin’s Press, 1979.
Review 21 October 2012
book cover Glory and Indignity
Allen Mendenhall
John Randolph of Roanoke by David Johnson. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012 Cloth, 352 pages, $45.
Best of the Bookman 21 October 2012
book cover Sir Henry Sumner Maine on Democracy
Dennis T. Connell
Popular Government, by Henry Sumner Maine. Introduction by George W. Carey. Indianapolis: Liberty Classics [1885, 1976] [free online PDF edition at Liberty Fund].
Review 14 October 2012
book cover Faith and Twelve Presidents
Gary Scott Smith
The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama by David L. Holmes. University of Georgia Press, 2012 296 pages, $30.
Best of the Bookman 14 October 2012
book cover History Resurgent
Brainard Cheney
Historical Consciousness, or The Remembered Past by John Lukacs. New York: Harper & Row, 1968. [Rev ed. Transaction 1994, 411 pages.]

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The moral imagination is the principal possession that man does not share with the beasts. It is man’s power to perceive ethical truth, abiding law, in the seeming chaos of many events. Without the moral imagination, man would live merely day to day, or rather moment to moment, as dogs do. It is the strange faculty—inexplicable if men are assumed to have an animal nature only—of discerning greatness, justice, and order, beyond the bars of appetite and self-interest.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969

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