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Book Reviews

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

Past Reviews

Capital and Ideology
A Review of Capital and Ideology

Fables of Neoliberalism

For Piketty, the Hayekian turn in the 1980s was a long planned ideological triumph, but his narrative omits certain crucial details.

Thomas Jefferson's Lives
A Review of Thomas Jefferson's Lives

Reinterpreting Jefferson

Jefferson remains indispensable to the American story, the wordsmith of our most noble ideals and symbol of our most awful paradoxes.

America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding
A Review of America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding

America’s Founders Acquitted

Reilly not only vindicates the founders, he provides arguments that are so strong that a competent grand jury would not even allow the case to go to trial.

In Search of the Soul
A Review of In Search of the Soul

The Inescapability of the Soul

Even with (literally) a lifetime of experience under our belts, human beings are not fully transparent—even to ourselves.

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The Campaign to Impeach Justice William O. Douglas
A Review of The Campaign to Impeach Justice William O. Douglas

Revisiting William O. Douglas

Attempting to portray the quintessential judicial activist as a victim of political skullduggery is like putting lipstick on a pig.

Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution
A Review of Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution

A Friendship That Shaped America

Jeff Broadwater offers an account of Jefferson and Madison that highlights their friendship and influence over the Constitution.

Cooperation and Coercion
A Review of Cooperation and Coercion

Rise of the Busybullies

Busybullies use their influence, which thrives on an inflated sense of moral superiority, to have the state tell others what they can and cannot do.

Strange Rites
A Review of Strange Rites

Pursuing Meaning

Americans have always set great stock on authentic religious experience, and this priority has often pressed institutional religion to the margins.