Reviews of Books

Soldiers, Statesmen, and Victory

America's political-military elite consistently get the big ones wrong.

Going South

Because the South can no longer be taken for granted by Democrats, Democrats have moved to the right to maintain presidential viability.

The President and the Professors

Presidents use professors for their own purposes, not the other way around. 

The Genteel Abolitionist

Allowing moral questions to become again a matter for reasoned public debate and common action.

The Clone Wars

Caution always has more to say than heedless "progress."  

Poetic Justice

For all his celebration of human sympathy, Melville was not optimistic about the war's outcome.

Journalism with a Hammer

Mencken could never quite bring himself to regard anything "fundamental" or "permanent" without chuckling.

Wilson's World

A review of a The Ideas that Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century, by Michael Mandelbaum

Doing What We Can

The book offers gripping descriptions of today's killing fields, but ultimately cannot formulate a reason why outsiders must intervene in them.

Shooting Starr

A review of Starr: A Reassessment, by Benjamin Wittes

A Postmodernist's Prayer

Smith delivers a critical blow to our most precious freedom.

God and Man in America

A review of Separation of Church and State, by Philip Hamburger.

Up Against the Wall

A review of ThomInvestigating the radical, unprecedented divorce of church from state that the Court has decreed since 1947.as Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State, by Daniel L. Dreisbach

Altered States

A review of Narrowing the Nation'sThe lesson drawn by Judge Noon is that the Court should more or less abdicate its responsibility for enforcing the Constitution's limits. Power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States, by John T. Noonan,

Visions and Revisions

A review of a Who Owns History? RethiFoner's themes are the politics of historical understanding and the relationship between the historian and his own world.nking the Past in a Changing World, by Eric Foner

Here We Go Over the Pamirs

A review of A Short History of the World, by Geoffrey Blainey

Last Man Standing

A review of Richard Rorty, by Alan Malachowski

Wedding Bell Blues

A review of The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families, by James Q. Wilson

Vanity of Vanities

There are reasons to avoid conspicuous consumption that have nothing to do with the poor people starving in the Sahel.