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 3, Summer 2016

Table of Contents

From the Editor's Desk

Charles R. Kesler: 

The state of play in the 2016 election. 



Trump and Political Speech, Our Crumbling Infrastructure, From Slavery to Freedom


William Voegeli: 
Trump and His Enemies

Sometimes, worthy causes have unworthy champions. 

Mark Bauerlein: 
Queer to Stay

A theory's improbable triumph in the academy. 

Richard Samuelson: 
Hamilton versus History

What the hit musical gets right—and wrong.

Joseph Epstein: 
A Thinker, I Suppose

Does Isaiah Berlin still matter?

Reviews of Books

Brian Callanan: 
Justice League International

Updating the Constitution with an internationalist spin would effect a sea change in our constitutional order. 

Joseph M. Bessette: 
All Lives Matter

Violent crime in America ebbs and flows. 

David P. Goldman: 
The Case for Benign Neglect

The winners in the post-Cold War world will be those who best can manage its instability. 

Patrick J. Garrity: 
Regarding Henry

A look at Kissinger's early idealism. 

Joshua Dunn: 
Cash for Flunkers

If Mark Zuckerberg’s millions can't catalyze comprehensive public school reform, what can?

Richard Talbert: 
Bestriding the World

Roman history in a nutshell. 

Timothy Caspar: 
The Cicero Test

A Ciceronian history of Rome. 

Mary Lefkowitz: 
Ancient Authors

Classical literature and its transformative power. 

Douglas Kries: 
Sinner, Scholar, Saint

Augustine's spiritual journey. 

Edward Feser: 
A Mere--Brilliant--Sophist

How to study Hume. 

Eva Brann: 
Novelist and Calvinist

Marilynne Robinson is both a great novelist and a scholar. 

Michael Knox Beran: 
Brexit and All That

Robert Tombs's history of England covers the Neanderthals to New Labour.

Darren Staloff: 
Founding Scribblers

A look at the early debates that lead to the birth of the American Republic. 

Rafael Major: 
It Was a Very Good Year

The enduring appeal of William Shakespeare.

Cheryl Miller: 
Rage Against the Machine

The tragic vision of Jonathan Franzen.

Linda Bridges: 
Adventures among the Apostrophes

The faultless grammar of Mary Norris.

Shadow Play

Martha Bayles: 
The Americans - A Fan's Notes

Truth, lies, and TV spies.

Parthian Shot

Mark Helprin: 
Taking Terrorism Seriously

A nation which refuses effective defense and just retaliation will sooner or later cease to exist.