A review of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law,
A review of Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government, by Michael Nelson.
A review of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, by Rick Perlstein
Can we restore respect and secure peace, at home and abroad?
Joseph Cropsey's "Conservatism and Liberalism" at 50.
I am one of the 4,017,000 Americans born in 1954, who are in turn among the 39,964,000 born in the 1950s. My impending 60th birthday, in other words, is a drop in the ongoing flood of such anniversaries. The attendant individual assessments are inseparable from collective ones since, as we’ve ...
Several years ago, I spent the better part of an evening arguing with a professor of literature about Tolstoy. My position was that Tolstoy is one of the greatest novelists who ever lived; the professor’s was that Tolstoy’s works are sexist, classist, and outdated. Later that night I had ...
It took a month, but I finally turned the last page of Walden. It is not a journey I would eagerly repeat. The book has given the modern English-speaking world memorable sentences, like “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” in the opening pages, and “If a man does not k ...
A review of Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Bo
A review of The Parthenon Enigma
A review of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of M
A review of A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism, by Patrick Allitt
Can American ingenuity bring back American greatness?
A review of
A review of The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, by David Brion Davis
New York has a long history of political corruption.
Understanding Clarence Thomas is Ralph Rossum’s second study of the jurisprudence of “originalist” Justices on the Supreme Court. It will have to be next to his last, until there are some changes on the Court.
In his new book, The Classical Liberal Constitution, Richard Epstein seeks to present a “distinctive synthesis” of constitutional law that is neither progressive nor conservative.
Even "the crystal spirit" had his The surest sign that a writer has made his mark is the adoption of his surname in common parlance as an adjective immediately significant even to those who barely know his work, or merely know of it.
A review of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
The trump card of liberalism is always compassion. Whether it’s in a dorm room or on the Senate floor, in any debate the presumption is that liberals self-evidently care about people and their opponents do not.
A senior fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Francis Fukuyama has lately been speaking ill of democracy to readers unused to hearing it spoken ill of.
Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor at Columbia Law School, is a master surveyor of legal history who clearly likes to rummage about in old English and early American legal vaults.