Reviews of Books

Statecraft and Wordcraft

Interpreting the presidential speeches of Abraham Lincoln.

Between Riddle and Revelation

Interpretive disagreements about Dante reflect two persistant and divergent rhetorical models.

Constitutional Conventions

Is the Constitution undemocratic?

Saving Liberalism from Itself

Examining Christopher Wolfe's defense of natural law liberalism.

A Noble and Generous Soul

The life and soul of Alexis de Tocqueville.

The Great Triumvirate

The story of how Thatcher, Reagan, and the Pope contributed to fall of the Soviet Union.

Lord Have Mercy

A review of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens

A Left-Handed Salute

A devastating critique of the intellectual state of the Left and the academic world it dominates.

Intelligence Failures

The CIA serves not the United States but its own corporate interests and its partisan vision.

The Greatness and Decline of American Oratory

The democratization of American political oratory.

Bodiless Politics

Manent warns Europe against leaving the political behind.  

Pith and Pen

John Gross and the art of the anecdote.

Building Democracy

A review of Architecture of Democracy, by Allan Greenberg

Getting Religion

What is the place of religion in American politics?