The Claremont Review of Books offers bold arguments for a reinvigorated conservatism, which draws upon the timeless principles of the American Founding and applies them to the moral and political problems we face today. By engaging policy at the level of ideas, the CRB aims to reawaken in American politics a statesmanship and citizenship worthy of our noblest political traditions.

Volume XVI Number 2, Spring 2016

Table of Contents

From the Editor's Desk

William Voegeli: 
The Subway to Nowhere

Modern government works fine, apart from its inability to do stuff.



Russia Resurgent, Churchill’s Record, Self-Government and the Court, The 13th<


Charles R. Kesler: 
Trump and the Conservative Cause

The politically incorrect candidate. 

William Voegeli: 
What’s at Stake

Elections have consequences. 

Algis Valiunas: 
A Historian’s Craft

The passion and dispassion of Jacob Burckhardt. 

Reviews of Books

R. Shep Melnick: 
Poverty and Policy

Poverty isn't fixed by cash. 

James W. Ceaser: 
Behind Enemy Lines

Roger Scruton's conservatism. 

Bradley C.S. Watson: 
Permanent Things

Bradley C.S. Watson looks at the nature and significance of Russell Kirk's conservatism. 

Johnathan ONeill: 
Outgrowing Constitutionalism

Modern American governance is paradoxical. 

Colleen A. Sheehan: 
Educating Citizens

The American experiment is not self-sustaining

Angelo M. Codevilla: 
Respecting the Respectable

Angelo Codevilla looks at a new biograph of John Quincy Adams. 

Allen C. Guelzo: 
Up from Slavery

Did the American slaves liberate themselves? 

Anthony Esolen: 
Song of Troy

The Illiad comes to life in a new translation.

Robert K. Faulkner: 
Killers, Saviors, Heroes

Robert Faulkner looks at a history of courage. 

Michael Nelson: 
Politicians with Benefits

Sex scandals in American politics have a long history. 

James V. Schall: 
Deep Down Things

James V. Schall, S.J. on the history of Catholic thought.  

Benjamin Balint: 
Here There Is No Why

Benjamin Balint looks at the life of Primo Levi. 

Daniel Gordis: 

A long-lost look inside the Lodz ghetto. 

Adam Keiper: 
Destined for Freedom

The limits of biological determinism 

Keith Whitaker: 
What Price Glory?

A look at Winston Churchill's personal finances.

Shadow Play

Martha Bayles: 
Enemy of the People

Donald Trump's bad reality show.

Parthian Shot

Mark Helprin: 
Defense Is Missing in Action

America's defense is missing in action.

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