In the Arts & Letters section of the latest TAC, we have three first-rate reviews, which should appeal to readers of widely differing tastes.

First, historian Patrick Allitt reviews John Lukacs’s new memoir, Last Rites. Allitt, author of Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America, 1950-1985 and a leading authority on Lukacs, delivers an appreciative, though not uncritical, assessment of the book. It’s a masterful review and a must read for anyone interested in American conservative historiography.

Next comes a brilliant review-essay by Richard Gamble examining two books about Wilsonian foreign policy: The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-first Century by G. John Ikenberry, Thomas J. Knock, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Tony Smith and What the World Should Be: Woodrow Wilson and the Crafting of a Faith-Based Foreign Policy by Malcolm D. Magee. Gamble succeeds in tying Wilson’s foreign-policy ambitions to those of Obama, exploring the evangelical instincts of the American liberal internationalist tradition. Hard to do justice to Gamble’s work here, but highly, highly recommended.

Lastly, new-successionist champion Kirkpatrick Sale takes a spirited and entertaining look at militia-woman Carolyn Chute’s latest novel, The School on Heart’s Content Road . I won’t bother with a bland prĂ©cis. Just look at the picture of Chute below if you want a flavor.


Non-subscribers should be able to read the Gamble review online shortly. But if you want to read all three now, why not do the honorable thing and get a subscription? Sixteen issues for $19.95 is a bargain if ever there was one. Sign up, or Carolyn Chute will get you.