Reviews of Books

One Last Card to Play

A review of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, by Allen C. Guelzo

Correspondent in Chief

A review of Reagan: A Life in Letters, edited by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson

Reagan in Sacramento

Lou Cannon is our most trustworthy source on Ronald Reagan, whether we agree with all his judgments or not.

Will They Ever Learn?

A review of Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First, by Mona Charen


A review of Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana by Ann Louise Bardach

Wages of Sin

A review of The Slavery Debates, 1952-1990: A Retrospective by Robert W. Fogel

Saving Souls

Assessing the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois.

A Dance to the (Disco) Music of Time

A review of Homosexuality and Civilization, by Louis Crompton

Halfway to Renaissance

A review of History of American Political Thought, edited by Bryan-Paul Frost and Jeffrey Sikkenga

The Ties That Bind

A review of The American Founding and the Social Compact edited by Ronald J. Pestritto and Thomas G. West

Madison Avenues

A review of James Madison, by Garry Wills and James Madison and the Future of Limited Government, edited by John Samples

Pirate Patriot

A review of John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy by Evan Thomas

The German Question

Examining the shelved Morgenthau Plan and the man behind it.

Footnotes to Greatness

Patton was a great man despite his indiscretions, rather than a small one because of them.

The Mother of All Anti-Feminists

To counter feminist arguments, women must defend not choice but nature.

Pink-Slipped in Love

Whitehead repeatedly ignores the simple solution of advising women to refrain from moving in with a man until they are married.

Teach the Teachers, Test the Students

What makes for good teachers and good teaching?

Keys to the Kingdom

Steinberg reveals that there is nothing transparent about the admissions process of selective academic institutions.

Nature and Happiness in Locke

A review of Launching Liberalism: On Lockean Political Philosophy by Michael P. Zuckert

The Constitutional Presidency

A new edition of an old book that corrects the most egregious modern theories of presidential leadership.

By Popular Demand

Ingraham's great political divide is the Elites vs. "We the People".

Darwinian Conservatism

Darwinian conservatism can at least provide a scientific account of the moral and political nature of human beings.

Darwinian Relativism

Darwinism's success was due as much to aggressive public relations as it was to any scientific evidence.

Commonsense Ethics

Dismantling the fact/value dichotomy.

Aquinas for the Democratic Age

A review of Liberty, Wisdom, and Grace: Thomism and Democratic Political Theory, by John P. Hittinger

Great Learning Lightly Borne

Canavan is a man you would wish to know, for the betterment of your soul no less than of your mind.

Old Poison, New Bottles

There is no effort to connect the dots when it comes to pervasive and growing anti-Catholicism.

The Strange Case of a Hillbilly Thomist

Examining the life and works of Flannery O'Connor.

An Unweeded Garden

Bemoaning the state of higher education.

A Reply to My Critics

A response from Pierre Manent.