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Volume XIII, Number 1, Winter 2012/13
From the Editor's Desk
Charles R. Kesler: How Low Can We Go?
Algis Valiunas: Godlike, Godly TolstoyEach unhappy genius is unhappy in his own way.
Alan W. Dowd: Unmanned CombatDrones and the dangers of risk-free war.
Cheryl Miller: Keeping Up AppearancesDoes Downton Abbey matter?
Reviews of Books
William Voegeli: The Same Old DealA review of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, by Michael Grunwald
Richard Vedder: The Invisible HandoutA review of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States, by Michael Lind
Christopher Caldwell: Gay RitesA review of From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage, by Michael J. Klarman
David F. Forte: Taking Law SeriouslyA review of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner
Joseph Postell: Of Experts and AngelsA review of Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law, by Richard A. Epstein
Ronald J. Pestritto: A Bully's PulpitA review of Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, by Jean M. Yarbrough
Ryan P. Williams: A Neglected StatesmanA review of William Howard Taft: The Travails of a Progressive Conservative, by Jonathan Lurie
Charles C. Johnson: Silent Cal SpeaksA review of Calvin Coolidge Says, by Calvin Coolidge
Michael Nelson: Too Much InformationA review of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert A. Caro
Benjamin Balint: BlasphemerA review of Joseph Anton: A Memoir, by Salman Rushdie
Michael M. Uhlmann: Wisdom of the AgesA review of The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia, by Roger Kimball
Angelo M. Codevilla: CourtiersA review of Barack Obama's Post-American Foreign Policy: The Limits of Engagement, by Robert Singh; Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, David E. Sanger; Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy, by Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, and Michael E. O'Hanlon; and The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power, by James Mann
Victor Davis Hanson: The Price of PowerA review of Proconsuls: Delegated Political-Military Leadership from Rome to America Today, by Carnes Lord
Michael Burlingame: A People's ContestA review of Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, by Allen C. Guelzo and This Great Struggle: America's Civil War, by Steven E. Woodworth
John J. DiIulio, Jr.: Why I'm Still a DemocratA review of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, by Jay Cost
Michael Ledeen: BribesvilleA review of Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future, by Bill Emmott
Bruce S. Thornton: Enduring EmpireA review of The Romans and their World: A Short Introduction, by Brian Campbell; Rome: An Empire's Story, by Greg Woolf; and Ancient Rome: From Romulus to Justinian, by Thomas R. Martin
James Hankins: Conscience UnboundA review of The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society, by Brad S. Gregory
Daniel J. Mahoney: Anguished PatriotA review of The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader, by Wilson Carey McWilliams, edited by Patrick J. Deneen and Susan J. McWilliams; and Redeeming Democracy in America, by Wilson Carey McWilliams, edited by Patrick J. Deneen and Susan J. McWilliams
Naomi Schaefer Riley: The Buddy of ChristA review of The Juvenilization of American Christianity, by Thomas E. Bergler
Martha Bayles: The Hollywood DialecticLincoln and Django Unchained represent what passes for artistic sensibility on today's Hollywood.
Mark Helprin: Psalm XXIIINewly Revised, Rearranged, Expanded, and Corrected According to Modern Principles.
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