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Book Reviews

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

Past Reviews

The Decline of Nations
A Review of The Decline of Nations

But Thou Shalt Endure

In his indictment of America's national decline, Johnston's belief that America has the wherewithal to restore itself shines through.

The Decline of Nations
A Review of The Decline of Nations

Decline on the Mind

Joseph Johnston’s study joins a long line of “decline and fall” studies attempting to glean lessons from history to avoid repeating it.

The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge
A Review of The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge

Silent Cal Speaks

In Calvin Coolidge the nation had an uncommonly perceptive, and distinctively American, mind in the White House.

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Mussolini's War
A Review of Mussolini's War

Il Duce’s Overreach

Unlike Salazar, the studious technocrat, and Franco, the experienced general, Mussolini knew little of military matters.

Between Two Millstones: Exile in America 1972-1998
A Review of Between Two Millstones: Exile in America 1972-1998

Solzhenitsyn’s American Millstone

Millstones grind grain into flour, and Solzhenitsyn’s focus is on how the two great political systems of the mid-20th century grind human souls into dust.

A Holy Baptism of Fire and Blood
A Review of A Holy Baptism of Fire and Blood

His Truth Marching On

Southerners and Northerners both viewed the Civil War as a holy cause and turned to scripture for their examples.