The University Bookman


Summer 2014


Review 22 June 2014
image Betrayal of the Arab Christians
a review by Eamon Moynihan
The Last Communion: A Journey among the Abandoned Christians in the Arab World. By Klaus Wivel. Kristeligt Dagblads Forlag (Denmark), 2013. Paperback, 320 pages.
Essay 29 June 2014
book cover Alfred Thayer Mahan and the Coming of the First World War
by Francis P. Sempa
Sempa offers a survey of the thought and writings of Admiral A. T. Mahan, one of the few Americans to recognize the growing danger of Germany before World War I.
Essay 6 July 2014
book cover Teaching in an Age of Ideology
by Lee Trepanier
Profiles of four twentieth-century teachers—Voegelin, Sandoz, Niemeyer, and Hallowell—whose lives offer insight in cultivating a desire for truth, goodness, and beauty in an ideological age.
Review 13 July 2014
book cover The Real Great Depression?
a review by David Pietrusza
The Forgotten Man, Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes. Harper Perennial, 2014. Paperback, 320 pages, $20.
Review 15 July 2014
book cover How Progressive Is Berlin?
a review by David L. Tubbs
Isaiah Berlin and the Politics of Freedom edited by Bruce Baum and Robert Nichols. Routledge, 2013. Hardcover, 284 pages, $130.
Review 21 July 2014
book cover The Humanistic Tradition in Literature
a review by Allen Mendenhall
Literary Criticism from Plato to Postmodernism: The Humanistic Alternative by James Seaton. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 225 pages, $90.
Review 21 July 2014
book cover American Religious Freedom: The Revised Story
a review by Marc O. DeGirolami
The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom by Steven D. Smith. Harvard University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 240 pages, $40.
Review 27 July 2014
book cover Books in Little
a review by Alexis Carra
Brief reviews of the collection Boundaries of Tolerance and The Rule of Nobody on the failure of American government.
Review 27 July 2014
book cover Progressives and the Booboisie
a review by John C. Chalberg
The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class by Fred Siegel. Encounter Books, 2014. Hardcover, 240 pages, $24.
Review 3 August 2014
book cover A Marvelous Tale
a review by Ben Reinhard
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin, 2014. Hardcover, 448 pages, $28.
Review 10 August 2014
book cover Thinking Like Edmund Burke?
a review by William F. Byrne
The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence. By David Bromwich. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 512 pages, $40.
Review 10 August 2014
book cover The Ever-Living Progressive Constitution—From Questionable Doctrine to Article of Faith
a review by Bruce P. Frohnen
America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By By Akhil Reed Amar. Basic Books, 2012. Hardcover, 640 pages, $30.
Review 18 August 2014
book cover Coke and the Western Legal Tradition
a review by Jorge Soley
Common Law. El pensamiento político y jurídico de Sir Edward Coke (Common Law. The political and juridical thought of Sir Edward Coke) by Elio A. Gallego García. Madrid: Ediciones Encuentro, 2012. Paperback, 204 pages, $24.
Review 25 August 2014
book cover The Rock Star of One First Street
a review by Stephen B. Presser
Scalia: A Court of One by Bruce Allen Murphy. Simon & Schuster, 2014. Cloth, 656 pp., $35.
Essay 31 August 2014
book cover Words and Deeds
by Eugene Schlanger
Maya Angelou (1928–2014)
Review 7 September 2014
book cover Navigating a Secular Age
a review by Kevin W. Germer
How (Not) to Be Secular by James K. A. Smith. Eerdmans, 2014. Paper, 152 pages, $16.
Review 14 September 2014
book cover Playfulness and Profundity
a review by Daniel J. Holmes
Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life, by Robert M. Geraci. Oxford University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 368 pages, $35.
Review 14 September 2014
book cover Playing for Virtual Transcendence
a review by Kevin Schut
Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life, by Robert M. Geraci. Oxford University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 368 pages, $35.
Interview 15 September 2014
book cover Making Meaning in Virtual Worlds
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
The Bookman speaks with Robert Geraci on findings from his new book on virtual religious practices and faith alternatives among users of online role-playing games.

All great systems, ethical or political, attain their ascendency over the minds of men by virtue of their appeal to the imagination; and when they cease to touch the chords of wonder and mystery and hope, their power is lost, and men look elsewhere for some set of principles by which they may be guided.

Russell Kirk


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The Edmund Burke Society of America is pleased to announce a call for papers and open registration for “Edmund Burke and Patriotism,” their third conference on Edmund Burke. It will be held on February 27 and 28, 2015 at Villanova University. Keynote addresses will be from David Bromwich, Michael Brown, and Regina Janes. Please see this link for details and to register. (27 Aug 2014)

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