Reviews of Books

The Lesser Evil is Not Good Enough

A review of The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror, by Michael Ignatieff


Bush, anti-neoconservatives, and anti-anti-neoconservatism.

A More Perfect Union

John Quincy Adams and the recovery of the foundations of American constitutionalism.

The Regime of Free Speech

Confronting the paradox that strong government is a necessary condition for the existence of a free society.

The Last Jeffersonian

Nathaniel Hawthorne was perhaps the last Jeffersonian in American politics.

Counting Every Vote

A review of Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876, by Roy Morris, Jr. and Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876, by William H. Rehnquist

The France of Jacques Chirac

Jacques Chirac and the French betrayal of America

Mythical Friends, Meet Mythical Enemies

Correcting the myth that America and France are sister republics with shared ideals, purposes, and strategies.


Revel highlights the most irresponsible expressions of anti-American sentiment in Europe.

Machiavelli at War

A new translation of Art of War, by Niccolò Machiavelli.

Our Interest Guided by Our Justice

Alexander Hamilton and American foreign policy.

Subjugation and Extermination

Lincoln set a high standard for leadership in time of war 

Cultures of War

In an uncertain world, history can also tell us who we are and for what, if necessary, we fight.

Is God in the Details?

A review of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, by Stephen M. Barr; The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design, by William A. Dembski; By Design: Science and the Search for God, by Larry Witham;

Slouching Towards Pluralism

Three trends of religious pluralism in American history.

Great Expectations

Weigel hopes to inspire youthful souls toward a way of life far more erotic and rational.

The Spirit's Breath

Identical translations of original texts constitute a rare occurrence in the history of the English Bible.

History Plays

Shakespeare's ability to provoke a variety of thoughtful responses is one measure of his enduring greatness.

From the Top

Plato is studied more carefully than he was a generation or two ago.

Plato's Poetry

The ancient quarrel between the philosophers and the poets concerns the meaning of life and death.

Les Intellectuels

Linking Camus and Sartre.

Palestinian Authority

Culture wars and the legacy of Edward Said.

Practice Does Not Make Perfect

Jeffrey Stout and the question of democracy.

Chivalry Now

Is chivalry dead?

Beauty Betrayed

A review of The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art, by Roger Kimball