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Spring 2014

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Review 23 March 2014
book cover Reclaiming the Common Mind
a review by Benjamin G. Lockerd
The Common Mind: Politics, Society, and Christian Humanism, by André Gushurst-Moore. Tacoma, WA: Angelico Press, 2013. 251 pages. $25.
Essay 30 March 2014
book cover Mackinder, Geography, and History
by Francis P. Sempa
The work of the British geographer and geopolitical theorist Halford John Mackinder reminds us that, despite technological progress or ideological factors, the political world is still inseparable from the physical world.
Review 1 April 2014
book cover Rise of the Poster Children
a review by Geoffrey Kabaservice
An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America by Joseph Bottum. Image, 2014. Hardcover, 296 pp. $25.
Review 6 April 2014
book cover Natural Law and the Challenge of Liberal Secularism
a review by Glen Austin Sproviero
Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism by Robert P. George. Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013. Hardcover, 384 pages, $30.
Review 13 April 2014
book cover Religious Liberty and the Tragic Approach to Legal Theory
a review by Elizabeth Corey
The Tragedy of Religious Freedom by Marc O. DeGirolami. Harvard University Press, 2013. Hardcover, 320 pages, $45.
On Essays and Letters 21 April 2014
book cover On Incomprehensibles
by James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on Pascal’s Pensées and the point of his inescapable incomprehensibles.
Review 21 April 2014
book cover The Founders’ Founder
a review by W. Bradford Littlejohn
Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity. A Critical Edition with Modern Spelling by Richard Hooker, edited by Arthur Stephen McGrade. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Three volumes. Hardcover, 1100 pages, $420.
Essay 28 April 2014
image The Real Source of Modern Judicial Review
by Bruce P. Frohnen
Frohnen looks at the role of ideology and the precedents established by Chief Justice Taney’s decision in the Dred Scott case.
Review 30 April 2014
book cover Books in Little
a review by Alexis Carra
Brief reviews of the Hadley Arkes Festschrift, A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics; Eva Brann’s Homage to Americans; and Rodney Stark’s How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity.
Review 4 May 2014
book cover Bully in the Bully Pulpit
a review by John C. Chalberg
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Simon & Schuster, 2013. Hardcover, 928 pages, $40.
Review 4 May 2014
book cover Turner’s Frontier Thesis, Continued
a review by Will Hoyt
The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History by Jon K. Lauck. University of Iowa Press, 2013. Paperback, 166 pages, $35.
Review 11 May 2014
book cover ‘I Think I Have Made Poetry’
a review by James E. Person Jr.
The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume I: 1886–1920 Edited by Donald Sheehy, Mark Richardson, and Robert Faggen. Harvard University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 811 pages, $45.
Review 18 May 2014
book cover America’s Aviation Icons
a review by Robert Huddleston
The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom. National Geographic Press, 2013. Hardcover, 464 pages, $30.
Review 25 May 2014
book cover Today’s Totalitarians
a review by Thomas F. Bertonneau
Against Inclusiveness: How the Diversity Regime is Flattening America and the West and What to Do About It by James Kalb. Angelico Press, 2013. Paperback, 203 pages, $20.
Essay 26 May 2014
book cover The Centennial of a Cataclysm: One Life, One Family
by Timothy S. Goeglein
On Memorial Day weekend, as we approach the centennial of World War I, Tim Goeglein looks at the life of an individual soldier-poet to help us assess the war’s cost.
Review 1 June 2014
book cover Evangelicals and Conservatives: On Beyond Worldview
a review by Seth J. Bartee
The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life by Bradley G. Green. Crossway, 2010. Paperback, 192 pages, $17.
Symposium 3 June 2014
book cover What We’re Reading (Summer 2014)
by Bookman Contributors
From medieval sagas to anti-Communist Japanese surrealist novels, the Civil War campaigns to contemporary fiction, our contributors and friends again provide their summer reading lists. Every year this is one of our most popular features, as the suggestions from our trusted contributors are learned, wide-ranging, and deeply engaged with the questions that face our modern age.
Review 8 June 2014
book cover The Critic as Catalyst
a review by Carl Rollyson
The Long Voyage: Selected Letters of Malcolm Cowley, 1915–1987. Edited by Hans Bak. Harvard University Press, 2013. Hardcover, 848 pages, $40.
Essay 8 June 2014
book cover The Future of the West in the Thought of Muggeridge and Ortega y Gasset
by Pedro Blas González
Both Muggeridge and Ortega y Gasset argue in different ways that modern intellectuals have turned their back on freedom because it makes great demands on people who find the idea of moral responsibility too taxing.
Review 15 June 2014
book cover Multiculturalism or Clash of Civilizations
a review by Tobias J. Lanz
The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism by Jens-Martin Eriksen and Frederick Stjernfelt. Telos Press, 2012. Paperback, 410 pages, $25.

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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