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Volume XIII, Number 2, Spring 2013
From the Editor's Desk
Charles R. Kesler: Editor's Note
Harvey C. Mansfield: The Higher Education Scandal"What Does Bowdoin Teach?"—and why it matters.
William Voegeli: The Higher Education HustlePolitical correctness and the Credentials-Industrial Complex.
Algis Valiunas: High Adventure and Sacred MysteryIn literature and in public life, Mark Helprin's is an indispensable voice.
Paul A. Cantor: Aristocracy in AmericaHuckleberry Finn shows that a nation devoted to fresh starts will also invite false starts and upstarts.
Joseph Tartakovsky: Liberty and UnionThe oratory and statecraft of Daniel Webster.
Colin Dueck: Geography and World PoliticsRereading the grand strategists of the 20th century.
Reviews of Books
John G. West: Dissent of ManA review of Mind and Cosmos:Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, by Thomas Nagel and Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution, by Rebecca Stott
Steven F. Hayward: The Road to FreedomA review of Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics, by Daniel Stedman Jones and The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression, by Angus Burgin
John Steele Gordon: Doing Good by Doing WellA review of Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't, by Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames
Michael Barone: The Unheavenly CityA review of Detroit: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff
Mark Bauerlein: The Not So Great American NovelA review of Truth's Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel, by Philip F. Gura
Justin Dyer: Truth Marching OnA review of American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation (Library of America), edited by James G. Basker
Jean M. Yarbrough: A Giving of AccountsA review of Crisis of the Strauss Divided, by Harry V. Jaffa
Mark Blitz: The Good LifeA review of Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus, by John M. Cooper
Christopher Caldwell: From Plato to NATOA review of On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present, by Alan Ryan
Giorgi Areshidze: Tolerating the IntolerantA review of The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age, by Martha C. Nussbaum
David P. Goldman: Pregnant PauseA review of What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster, by Jonathan V. Last and How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization, by Mary Eberstadt
John Meroney: Bad ScriptA review of Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, by Steven J. Ross
Matthew J. Franck: Marshall LawA review of The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation, by R. Kent Newmyer
Michael P. Zuckert: The Thinking Man's FounderA review of James Madison and the Making of America, by Kevin R. C. Gutzman; James Madison, by Richard Brookhiser; and James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation, by Jeff Broadwater
Charles Horner: Blood-soaked HistoryA review of Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962, by Yang Jisheng
James Kirchick: Captive NationsA review of Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, by Anne Applebaum
Mark Helprin: Lessons of Benghazi
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