Reviews of Books

Bridge to Nowhere

A review of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, by Rick Perlstein

The Year of Living Dangerously

A review of Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government, by Michael Nelson.

This Means War

A review of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law,

Twilight of Democracy

A senior fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Francis Fukuyama has lately been speaking ill of democracy to readers unused to hearing it spoken ill of.

Appointed Tyrants

Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor at Columbia Law School, is a master surveyor of legal history who clearly likes to rummage about in old English and early American legal vaults.

I Feel Your Pain

The trump card of liberalism is always compassion. Whether it’s in a dorm room or on the Senate floor, in any debate the presumption is that liberals self-evidently care about people and their opponents do not.

Too Much Hype Chasing Too Little Wisdom

A review of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty

Limiting Government, But Not Judges

In his new book, The Classical Liberal Constitution, Richard Epstein seeks to present a “distinctive synthesis” of constitutional law that is neither progressive nor conservative.

Down to the Bare Wood

Understanding Clarence Thomas is Ralph Rossum’s second study of the jurisprudence of “originalist” Justices on the Supreme Court. It will have to be next to his last, until there are some changes on the Court.

The Logic of Liberty

A review of The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation, by David Brion Davis 

Shaking Hands with Madison and Lincoln

A review of 

Bright Lights, Big City

New York has a long history of political corruption.

Every Day in Every Way

Can American ingenuity bring back American greatness?

The Greening of America

A review of A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism, by Patrick Allitt

Labor of Love

A review of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of M

A Mirror in Marble

A review of The Parthenon Enigma

Reading Is Fundamental

A review of Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Bo