Too often we would rather use the past to confirm what we believe to be right and good than to do the work of personal and national self-understanding.
Thompson's book rises to what Nietzsche called “monumental history,” but it requires a certain intellectual and historical counterbalance.
The centennial of Prohibition is an opportunity to retrace our steps and consider afresh the limits of politics.
Richard M. Gamble holds the Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Chair in History and Political Science at Hillsdale College. Professor Gamble is the author, most recently, of A Fiery Gospel. He also serves as a contributing editor for The American Conservative.