Ideas

Thirty Years Without Peace

The two world wars were a single conflict that still imperils us.

New Urbanism of the Soul

Architect Philip Bess on faith, reason, and urban design

The People Are Revolting!

Why populism and parties terrified George Washington

Updike’s Affair With America

Updike, Adam Begley, Harper, 576 pages

What Does Human Evolution Explain?

A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, Nicholas Wade, Penguin Press, 288 pages

Closing of the Scholarly Mind

Why Higher Education Should Have a Leftist Bias, Donald Lazere, Palgrave Macmillan, 292 pages

Is There Capitalism After Cronyism?

Does Capitalism Have a Future?, Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, Georgi
Derluguian, and Craig Calhoun, Oxford University Press, 208 pages

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Solzhenitsyn Wasn’t Western

The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth About a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker, Daniel J. Mahoney, St. Augustine’s Press, 256 pages

Horton Foote’s Farewell

A playwright’s last screenplay shows hope for American drama.

A Canon for the Officer Corps

Seven books that teach our troops how to win today’s wars

What Would Jeremiah Do?

Jewish history gives today’s Christians an alternative to cultural secession.

Two Cheers for Partisan History

Herbert Butterfield was wrong about Whig scholarship.

Is Social Mobility a Myth?

A major new book challenges decades of thinking about escaping poverty, and falling from riches.

James Madison, Cheney-Style

Lynne Cheney’s love letter to the fourth president exaggerates more than it enlightens.

Why Liberalism Means Empire

Democracy isn’t the end of history, it’s a product of power.

Piketty Is the Anti-Marx

Liberals’ favorite French economist is a pessimistic meliorist, not a burning revolutionary.

What Is ‘Ethical Conservatism’?

A proposal for a politics of self-restraint in an age of anarchy.