Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Frederick the Great: King of Prussia’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Frederick the Great: King of Prussia’ book review

FREDERICK THE GREAT: KING OF PRUSSIA By Tim Blanning Random House, $35.00, 653 pages It is always a pleasure to review a well-written book on an important subject. Cambridge scholar Tim Blanning’s “Frederick the Great,” a lengthy but never lagging biography of one of history’s most enigmatic monarchs, is both. I must confess to being […]

Bruce Fleming: ‘Philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds: A History of Philosophy Without any Gaps, Volume 2’ book review

Bruce Fleming: ‘Philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds: A History of Philosophy Without any Gaps, Volume 2’ book review

By Bruce Fleming How many readers of this online newspaper, the content of which changes by the minute and which largely focuses on current events, will have the time or inclination to read Peter Adamson’s “History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps” (as his sub-title has it) that covers the period from after Plato and Aristotle […]

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Frederick the Great: King of Prussia’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr: ‘Frederick the Great: King of Prussia’ book review

FREDERICK THE GREAT: KING OF PRUSSIA By Tim Blanning Random House, $35.00, 653 pages It is always a pleasure to review a well-written book on an important subject. Cambridge scholar Tim Blanning’s “Frederick the Great,” a lengthy but never lagging biography of one of history’s most enigmatic monarchs, is both. I must confess to being […]

Juliana Geran Pilon: ‘The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies’ book review

Juliana Geran Pilon: ‘The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies’ book review

By Juliana Geran Pilon The distinguished Polish professor of classical thought Ryzsard Legutko’s newly translated book, The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies, is a polemical tour de force that accuses Western elites of having willfully and shamefully betrayed their intellectual tradition. His main thesis, that the increasing similarities between communism and liberal democracy […]

Bill McMorris: ‘Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck’ book review

Bill McMorris: ‘Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck’ book review

By Bill McMorris In 1927, American high society was swept up in a frantic religious mania. Leading politicians, intellectuals, philanthropists, educators, reporters, and scientists prophesied that the nation would be consumed by fire and brimstone in the form of “unfit” babies unless it offered up a sacrifice. The state of Virginia went before the U.S. […]

Joseph Bottum: ‘Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder’ book review

Joseph Bottum: ‘Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder’ book review

By Joseph Bottum Simple is hard—more difficult than cutting diamonds, more back-breaking than mining coal. Of course, complicated is also hard. Nothing good in art comes easy. But we can be deceived by the simplicity of an artwork’s effect, tempted into believing that it must derive from a simplicity of effort. And to all such […]

Kate Havard: ‘Shakespeare in America’ book review

Kate Havard: ‘Shakespeare in America’ book review

By Kate Havard I believe that the American love for Shakespeare can be summed up in the words of an anonymous cowboy. The historian Philip Ashton Rollins, in his post-Civil War work about life on the range, visited a ranch where the cowboys who could read would sometimes perform speeches for those who could not. After […]

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