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Book Reviews

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

Past Reviews

The Enduring Tension: Capitalism and the Moral Order
A Review of The Enduring Tension: Capitalism and the Moral Order

Capitalism’s Humanity

When the very meaning of the word human being is at stake, is harmonizing traditionalists and libertarians what matters most?

The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World
A Review of The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World

Civilizing Threads

The Fabric of Civilization builds on Hume: “Can we expect, that a government will be well modelled by a people, who know not how to make a spinning-wheel?"

The Persistence of Party
A Review of The Persistence of Party

Healthy Partisanship

Recognizing the inevitability of differences, 18th-century theorists of party sought to manage tensions rather than promote a misleading consensus.

Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution
A Review of Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution

Past as Prologue

Past and Prologue will make even the most idealistic historians question whether an unbiased history of America has ever been attempted, much less attained

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A Review of The Western

Law on the Range

The novels' focus on atypical events helps provoke us to think about the role of law in a free society.

Wildlife as Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights
A Review of Wildlife as Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights

Consider the Bison

Private ownership, with its opportunities for individual preference, experimentation, and management might actually be the best thing for biodiversity.

Wolf Hall
A Review of Wolf Hall

A Wolf for All Seasons

No longer an amoral, conniving minister who orchestrated More’s death after he failed to break him, Mantel's new Cromwell is a visionary statesman.

The Metamorphoses of the City of God
A Review of The Metamorphoses of the City of God

Étienne Gilson’s City of God

The Metamorphoses of the City of God displays Gilson turning his attention to European issues through Augustine's City of God.