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Best of the Bookman 31 July 2011
book cover Robert Nisbet and the Idea of Community
Fred Donovan Hill
This “Best of the Bookman” essay from 1978 discusses Robert Nisbet's understanding of community and in particular his reading of the great sociologists on the subject of the severe and even pathological isolation of the individual in modern society.
Review 24 July 2011
book cover What was the Enlightenment?
Christopher O. Blum
A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy by Jonathan Israel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010). Pages xiv, 276.
Best of the Bookman 24 July 2011
book cover The Oracle of the South
M. E. Bradford
The Essential Calhoun: Selections from Writings, Speeches, and Letters. Edited with an Introduction by Clyde Wilson. Foreword by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903), 436 pp., $32.95.
Review 17 July 2011
book cover What’s the Supreme Court Supposed to Do?
Stephen B. Presser
The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789–2008 by Lucas A Powe, Jr. Harvard University Press (Cambridge and London), 432 pages, paper $19.95, 2011.
Best of the Bookman 17 July 2011
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 (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903), 74 pp., $21.95, cloth.
Editorial 10 July 2011
Editor’s Note: Pressing On
Essay 10 July 2011
Otto von Habsburg (20 November 1912–4 July 2011)
Denis Kitzinger
A eulogy for one of the great defenders of Christian Europe. May he rest in peace.
Review 10 July 2011
book cover Individual and Community—and God
John C. Pinheiro
The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2009.
Best of the Bookman 10 July 2011
book cover Habit and Being in Burke
Jeffrey Hart
This classic essay from 1963 introduces an important theme in the political thought of Edmund Burke. We need to cultivate habit because habit performs complex tasks with greater ease than does the conscious reason.
Review 3 July 2011
book cover Ancient Virtues in a Postmodern World
Jason R. Edwards
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century by Howard Gardner. Basic Books, 2011, 244 pp., $26.
Best of the Bookman 3 July 2011
The Rescue of Culture
Anthony Harrigan
The Intemperate Professor, and Other Cultural Splenetics by Russell Kirk. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1965 [revised edition: Sherwood Sugden & Co., 1988]. 163 pp.
On Essays and Letters 26 June 2011
book cover Memories of Johnson
James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on a collection of the writings and sayings—and conversations of Samuel Johnson. He suggests that “truth ultimately exists in conversation, not in books.”
Best of the Bookman 26 June 2011
book cover The Older Rhetoric Revisited: Hugh Blair and the Public Virtue of Style
M. E. Bradford
Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, by Hugh Blair. Edited with a Critical Introduction by Harold F. Harding. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1965. Two Vols., 496 and 566 pp.
Review 19 June 2011
book cover When free trade is not fair exchange
Derek Turner
How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead by Dambisa Moyo. London: Allen Lane, 2011, paper, 226 pages

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