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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.

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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.

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.