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Book Reviews

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

Past Reviews

Free as a Jew
A Review of Free as a Jew

Chosen to Be Free

Wisse's book is dedicated to her students—and theirs—in the hope that they will retrieve the precious freedoms that are being lost.

Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation
A Review of Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation

Foundation’s Dark Future

Asimov judges the present by an imagined future, acting on the belief that scientific procedures guarantee progress.

The Deep Places
A Review of The Deep Places

Suffering’s Bite

Ross Douthat's harrowing memoir reminds us that Lyme is one of those diseases that our health care system handles quite badly.

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Soul City
A Review of Soul City

Saving Souls

The lessons of self-help and self-responsibility that Floyd McKissick preached are increasingly rare in today's society.

Just War and Ordered Liberty
A Review of Just War and Ordered Liberty

Can War Be Just?

War is a profoundly imperfect, inefficient, and iniquitous element of the human experience, one that corrupts everything it touches.

Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free
A Review of Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free

Sentimental Judgments

The incarceration of criminals, the death penalty, and detention of accused terrorists are misplaced targets of Judge Jed Rakoff's ire.

Sin
A Review of Sin

Intellectual Sins

This treatment of sin lacks an inner logic or rationale, a guiding conception of what philosophy is and how it operates.