The (Mis)measure of Man

The (Mis)measure of Man

The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller. Princeton University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 220 pages, $25. Gene Callahan One way of defining “rationalism” (when the term is understood as a flaw rather than a virtue) is that it is the attempt to replace experience by...
Athwart Silicon Valley

Athwart Silicon Valley

Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials by Matthew Hennessey. Encounter Books, 2018. Hardcover, 184 pages, $24. Matthew Stokes There’s a phrase once heard in television commercials and now common on social media: life comes...
The Two Minds that Made Europe

The Two Minds that Made Europe

Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind by Michael Massing. HarperCollins, 2018. Hardcover, 987 pages, $45. Daniel James Sundahl Michael Massing’s thesis in this massive undertaking, Fatal Discord, argues that the rift between Erasmus and...
Put In This World to Do Battle

Put In This World to Do Battle

Imaginative Conservatism: The Letters of Russell Kirk edited by James E. Person Jr. University of Kentucky Press, 2018. Hardcover, 432 pages, $40. Nicholas Kennicott Letters are often an intimate look into the details of a person’s life and musings, so whenever the...
Philanthropy Is Not Charity

Philanthropy Is Not Charity

The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity by Jeremy Beer. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Hardcover, 124 pages, $20. In The Philanthropic Revolution, Jeremy Beer succeeds in his two-pronged effort to delineate charity from...

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