An Everlasting Man of Letters

G. K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian Ker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), xiv + 747 pp., $65.00 cloth Among the genres in which G. K. Chesterton wrote was critical biography. With typical paradox, Chesterton defined two duties for such authors that seem...

Mr. Conservative

Dr. Russell Kirk is to American conservatism what Edmund Burke was to British conservatism. My equation is a product of the catalyst of history. Before Burke stood up to the savagery and barbarism of the French Revolution, not one man in all Europe raised so...

Ghostly Kirk

In time for Halloween, “Ghostly Kirk,” a site that tracks the ghostly tales of Russell Kirk, is now on the web, courtesy of Jeff Pearce.

Revisionist History at Its Best

Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Frederick Kempe. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011. 579pp, $29.95. In 1946, Winston Churchill spoke of an “iron curtain” descending across the continent of Europe from Stettin to Trieste,...

Death of a Giant

A tribute to Russell Kirk With the death of Russell Kirk on April 29th at the age of 75, American conservatism has lost one of its true giants. Prior to the middle of the twentieth century, by far the most powerful conservative force in the United States was the...

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