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Volume XIV, Number 1, Winter 2013/14
From the Editor's Desk
Charles R. Kesler: Unsmiling Faces
Helen Rittelmeyer: Up from ColonialismChinua Achebe defined the African novel—in his own narrow image.
Carnes Lord: Digging Up a New PastThe rise of alternative prehistory.
Michael Nelson: America's GameHow football reflects the nation we've become.
Reviews of Books
Charles Murray: The Smart SetA review of Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation, by Tyler Cowen and Human Capitalism: How Economic Growth Has Made Us Smarter—and More Unequal, by Brink Lindsey
Wilfred M. McClay: The High-Low CoalitionA review of The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class, by Fred Siegel
Christopher Caldwell: Schoolmaster to the WorldA review of Wilson, by A. Scott Berg
Ken Masugi: Renewing the Republic and RepublicansA review of Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream—and How We Can Do It Again, by Rich Lowry
Walter Russell Mead: On the Road AgainA review of Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics, by Michael Barone
Harvey C. Mansfield: Politics Without the RegimeA review of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left, by Yuval Levin
Gladden J. Pappin: The First Conservative?A review of Edmund Burke in America: The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism, by Drew Maciag and Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, by Jesse Norman
Darren Staloff: Founder by DayA review of To Secure the Blessings of Liberty: Selected Writings of Gouverneur Morris,edited by J. Jackson Barlow
Joseph Epstein: As American as Humble PieA review of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue, by David J. Bobb
John R. Bolton: Failed StateA review of Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War, by Christian Whiton
Carol Iannone: The Truth of ExperienceA review of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, by Willa Cather, edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout
Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P.: Divine DoctorsA review of Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography, by Miles Hollingworth and Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait, by Denys Turner
Peter Wood: The Cost of LearningA review of Is College Worth It?: A Former United States Secretary of Education and a Liberal Arts Graduate Expose the Broken Promise of Higher Education, by William J. Bennett and David Wilezol
Peter Augustine Lawler: Southern DiscomfortA review of The New Mind of the South, by Tracy Thompson
Martha Bayles: Oh Brother! Why Bother?Inside Llewyn Davis has no ear for folk music.
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