Aaron MacLean: Gustave Flaubert and Helen Constantine (Trans.), ‘Sentimental Education’ book review

Aaron MacLean: Gustave Flaubert and Helen Constantine (Trans.), ‘Sentimental Education’ book review

By Aaron MacLean There is a moment early in Flaubert’s Sentimental Education when the young Frédéric Moreau, who loves women and has money, is entertaining an investment proposal from his childhood friend Deslauriers, who loves power and is poor. Deslauriers wants Frédéric to invest in a new magazine, which he plans to employ in a literary […]

Jeffrey R. Gahler: ‘The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe’ book review

Jeffrey R. Gahler: ‘The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe’ book review

THE WAR ON COPS: HOW THE NEW ATTACK ON LAW AND ORDER MAKES EVERYONE LESS SAFE By Heather Mac Donald Encounter Books, $23.99, 245 pages In “The War on Cops,” Heather Mac Donald provides overwhelming and compelling data to discount the misguided, misplaced and too often malice-based attacks on the law enforcement profession taking place […]

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 […]

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