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Review 8 February 2015
book cover Dinner with Aristotle
Gracy Olmstead
The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think, by Julian Baggini. Granta Books, 2014. Paper, 280 pages, $14.
Review 8 February 2015
book cover Is the Use of Religious Rhetoric by Presidents Effective?
Gary Scott Smith
God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion by David O’Connell. Transaction, 2014. Hardcover, 452 pp., $54.95.
Review 1 February 2015
book cover I Would Kill for the Thrill of First Love
Eve Tushnet
Marta Oulie by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally, with an introduction by Jane Smiley. University of Minnesota Press, 2014. Paperback, 128 pages, $16.
Review 1 February 2015
book cover Lives of the Saints
Gladden J. Pappin
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson. Simon & Schuster, 2014. Hardcover, 543 pages, $35.
Essay 25 January 2015
Jaffa Harry V. Jaffa, RIP
Robert R. Reilly
Reilly offers some personal reflections on his friendship with Harry Jaffa and what he learned from the great Lincoln scholar and political philosopher.
Essay 25 January 2015
book cover Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner and the Faith that Comes by Hearing
Pedro Blas González
“I readily believe that there are more invisible Natures in the universe than visible ones. Yet who shall explain to us this numerous company, their grades, their relationships, their distinguishing features, and the functions of each of them?” —epigraph to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Review 25 January 2015
book cover That Was in Another Country
R. J. Stove
Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image by Matthew Cecil. University of Kansas Press, 2014. Hardcover, 368 pages, $35.
Review 18 January 2015
book cover The Absurdity of Gender Theory
Micah Mattix
Les démons du bien by Alain de Benoist. Pierre-Guillaume de Roux Editions, 2013. Paperback, 279 pp, €23.00.
Review 18 January 2015
book cover The Remaining Western Illusion
Ted McAllister
Lies, Passions and Illusions: The Democratic Imagination in the Twentieth Century by François Furet. Chicago University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 128 pages, $20.
Essay 14 January 2015
image courtesy AEI Walter Berns, RIP
William Gould
Remembering the great constitutional scholar and political theorist (1919–2015).
Review 11 January 2015
book cover A Gentleman of Letters
Carl Rollyson
Selected Letters of Norman Mailer Edited by J. Michael Lennon. Random House, 2014. Hardcover, 867 pages, $40.
On Essays and Letters 11 January 2015
book cover On Looking for What We Have Been Given
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on the witty and revealing journal entries of Flannery O'Connor on prayer.
Review 5 January 2015
book cover Fruits of Procrastination
William Anthony Hay
One Hundred Letters from Hugh Trevor-Roper Edited by Richard Davenport-Hines and Adam Sisman. Oxford University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 488 pages, $40.
Review 4 January 2015
book cover Children on the Menu
Craig Bernthal
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, translated and edited by Jack Zipes. Princeton University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 568 pages, $35.

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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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