Reviews of Books

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Alan Wolfe

At the end of this book, we know more about the logic of morals but considerably less about the moral condition of the American people.

The Man Behind the Signature

From the beginning of the Imperial Crisis until his death in 1793, Hancock incontestably was the foremost figure in New England political life.

Winston Is Back

Churchill understood the difference between tyranny and free government, the distinction upon which Churchill built his political life.

The Men Behind the Mysteries

Both Hammett and Chandler wrote mysteries, and mysteries are down-market in the literary world — good for making money, but not for garnering prestige.

Seeing Red

'Commies' should have appeared long ago but proves well worth the wait.

Up From Slavery

Jefferson's Pillow is written not merely for blacks but for all American; it is a book of hope and reconciliation.

It's Over, Already

Six liberal academics contribute to yet another rearguard action in the Bush vs. Gore contest of 2000.

Steinbeck In Good Conscience

Shillinglaw and Benson are respectful of Steinbeck the way a good friend is respectful — they are grateful for his gifts and fondly aware of his limits and his foibles.

Dishonest About Abe

With malice towards all and charity towards none of Lincoln's principles and actions, The Real Lincoln is the latest attempt to finish the job so ignobly begun by John Wilkes Booth in April 1865.

God and Mammon

Nelson urges economists to learn the grounds of theological argumentation.

Ascent From Exile

Solzhenitsyn is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, and has had more direct influence on politics than any other author since Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

The Secret Ingredient Is Love

Supplementing her training in free-market economics with her experience as a mother

Books in Brief

The Anatomy of Racial Inequality by Glenn C. Loury. Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troubles ...