Reviews of Books

Standing Pat

Soaring prescription drug prices were a hot issue at the time

Progressive Fat Cats

A review of Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America, by David Callahan

Conservatism's Indispensable Man

A review of William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement, by Lee Edwards; and Athwart History: Half a Century of Polemics, Animadversions, and Illuminations: A William F. Buckley Jr. Omnibus, edited by Linda Bridges and Roger Kimball

The Utopian Fallacy

A review of The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope, by Roger Scruton

The Original Revolutionary

A review of Thomas Paine: A Collection of Unknown Writings, edited by Hazel Burgess; and The Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine , by Jack Fruchtman, Jr.

God of War and Will

A review of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam, by Fred M. Donner; and The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, by Robert R. Reilly

Reconstructing the Public Philosophy

A review of 

Uneven Progress

A review of The History of the Social Sciences since 1945, edited by Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine

A Plea for Positivism

A review of The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism, by Gary L. McDowell

Feminist Action Hero

A review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy , The Girl Who Played with Fire: Book 2 of the Millennium Trilogy , and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: Book 3 of the Millennium Trilogy , by Steig Larsson

Poet of the Street

A review of On Whitman , by C.K. Williams

Explaining Obama

A review of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, by Stanley Kurtz; and The Roots of Obama's Rage, by Dinesh D’Souza

Natural Law Man

A review of Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law, by Hadley Arkes

Condition Critical

A review of 

Back to Basics

A review of The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, edited by Jack N. Rakove; and The Citizen's Constitution: An Annotated Guide, by Seth Lipsky

Loose Lips Sink Ships

A review of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law, by Gabriel Schoenfeld

Birth of a Nation

A review of Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States: His Own Words, Selected and Arranged by Daniel Ruddy, by Daniel Ruddy

Exceptionally American

A review of Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character, by Claude S. Fischer


A review of Decision Points, by George W. Bush

Radio Liberty

A review of 

Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Problem

A review of The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century, by Peter Watson

Making Religion Safe for Democracy

A review of Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, by Ian Buruma