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Book Reviews

Fresh commentary on some of the most important books in law, politics, and culture.

Past Reviews

Old Tip vs. the Sly Fox
A Review of Old Tip vs. the Sly Fox

More Than a Carnival

Richard Ellis shows that there was much more to the 1840 presidential contest than hard cider and log cabins.

The Price of Peace
A Review of The Price of Peace

The Keynesian Vision

As progressives understand better than most people, if you win the vision game, you likely win everything else.

Havel: Unfinished Revolution
A Review of Havel: Unfinished Revolution

Havel and the Ideological Temptation

The ideological discourse of the communist regime always demanded a certain “contextualization” that blinded one from the particular and the concrete.

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Europe and the Decline of Social Democracy
A Review of Europe and the Decline of Social Democracy

Banging on About Europe

Williamson sets out how the British social democratic tradition focused on achieving significant economic equality and (close to) full employment.

Compromise and the American Founding
A Review of Compromise and the American Founding

Who Are “We The People” Anyway?

The development of American politics can be understood as a centuries-long grappling with two competing but equally essential conceptions of "the people."

After Reagan
A Review of After Reagan

A Torch Passes?

The 1988 campaign was a capstone for long-running changes to the postwar GOP, and its campaign themes would reverberate into the future.