Daniel Davis: ‘Russell Kirk: American Conservative’ book review

Daniel Davis: ‘Russell Kirk: American Conservative’ book review

RUSSELL KIRK: AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE By Bradley J. Birzer University Press of Kentucky, $34.95, 608 pages As an aging man, Russell Kirk was appalled one day to find his daughter watching a television set, an invention he decried as the great perverter of man’s imagination. Being on the third floor, he promptly tossed the device out […]

Gary Anderson: ‘The Industries of the Future’ book review

Gary Anderson: ‘The Industries of the Future’ book review

THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE By Alec Ross Simon & Schuster, $28, 320 pages Alec Ross opens his account of the next wave of the industrial revolution with a description of the casualties of the second wave. As a college student in the 1990s he worked nights mopping up a sports/entertainment venue in West Virginia. […]

James Srodes: ‘Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father’ book review

James Srodes: ‘Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father’ book review

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN LONDON: THE BRITISH LIFE OF AMERICA’S FOUNDING FATHER By George Goodwin Yale University Press, $32.50, 352 pages Considering that the U.S. Library of Congress already houses more than 10,000 books, articles, doctoral dissertations and ephemera about Benjamin Franklin, one can wonder what new can be said about our most multilayered Founding personality. […]

Tom Rogan: ‘Gangster Warlords’ book review

Tom Rogan: ‘Gangster Warlords’ book review

By Tom Rogan “In communities scarred by violence, many don’t know what peace looks like. Teenagers in Brazilian favelas, Jamaican garrisons, and Honduran slums see these crime wars as a natural state of affairs. It’s normal to have men on the corner with Kalashnikovs, shots ringing out at night, corpses hanging from bridges.’’ Ioan Grillo’s […]

Claire Hopley: ‘Green Island’ book review

Claire Hopley: ‘Green Island’ book review

GREEN ISLAND By Shawna Yang Ryan Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, $26.95, 400 pages From 1895 to 1945 the Japanese ruled Taiwan. They required the Taiwanese to speak Japanese, to wear kimonos and other Japanese garments, and even to adopt Japanese names. They built factories and their navy used Taiwan’s ports, so in World War II […]

Juliana Geran Pilon: ‘Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators’ book review

Juliana Geran Pilon: ‘Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators’ book review

By Juliana Geran Pilon Do psychopathic dictators spawn monsters? Jay Nordlinger’s answer is a qualified yes. And it’s the qualifiers that make Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators such a riveting and informative read. In the easy, elegant style that is to be expected from a senior editor ofNational Review, Nordlinger […]

Daniel Wiser: ‘Dictator’ book review

Daniel Wiser:  ‘Dictator’ book review

By Daniel Wiser In his Republic, Cicero produced one of history’s staunchest defenses for a career in politics. Composed in the late 50s B.C. while the Roman republic enjoyed a period of precarious stability under the triumvirate of Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus, and styled after the famous work of Plato, the Republic first addressed the claims […]

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