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 […]

Tyler Arnold: ‘Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University’ book review

Tyler Arnold: ‘Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University’ book review

By Tyler Arnold As a college student, I have seen firsthand the extent of liberal influence on my campus, from students’ obsession with Bernie Sanders, to not-so-subtle activist professors, all the way to the university president posing for a “hands up, don’t shoot” picture with Black Lives Matter protesters. In their book Passing on the […]

Joseph Bottum: ‘A Burglar’s Guide to the City’ book review

Joseph Bottum: ‘A Burglar’s Guide to the City’ book review

By Joseph Bottum We construct buildings for shelter from the elements—shelter from wild animals, for that matter. We build for warmth in the winter and cool in the summer. We build to maximize acreage, piling floor on ceiling until the idea of a second-story office becomes something like the Empire State Building. We build for […]

Martin Rubin: ‘Mussolini’s Army in the French Riviera: Italy’s Occupation of France’ book review

Martin Rubin: ‘Mussolini’s Army in the French Riviera: Italy’s Occupation of France’ book review

MUSSOLINI’S ARMY IN THE FRENCH RIVIERA: ITALY’S OCCUPATION OF FRANCE By Emanuele Sica University of Illinois Press, $40, 312 pages, illustrated The lamentable story of Nazi Germany’s occupation of France in World War II is well-known and has been the subject of countless books examining every aspect of it from how it happened so precipitately […]

Michael Taube: ‘Cold Fire: Kennedy’s Northern Front’ book review

Michael Taube: ‘Cold Fire: Kennedy’s Northern Front’ book review

COLD FIRE: KENNEDY’S NORTHERN FRONT By John Boyko Alfred A. Knopf Canada, $30, 384 pages Canada and the United States have historically been great friends, allies and trading partners. Relations between the two countries have faced occasional bumps in the road, and witnessed some short-lived layers of ice. By and large, they’ve built a successful […]

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Prisoner of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society and the Limits of Liberalism’ book review

Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Prisoner of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society and the Limits of Liberalism’ book review

PRISONERS OF HOPE: LYNDON B. JOHNSON, THE GREAT SOCIETY AND THE LIMITS OF LIBERALISM By Randall B. Woods Basic Books, $32, 480 pages The ill-disguised contempt with which much of post-Kennedy Washington viewed President Lyndon Johnson was on nasty display on election night in 1964, after LBJ routed Barry Goldwater. Art Buchwald, the Washington Post […]

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