Naive Virtue?

Naive Virtue?

First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country by Thomas E. Ricks. Harper, 2020. Hardcover, 416 pages, $30. Reviewed by Casey Chalk A classic, said Mark Twain, is “a book which people praise but don’t...
Feudalism Without a Soul

Feudalism Without a Soul

The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class by Joel Kotkin. Encounter Books, 2020. Hardcover, 288 pages, $29. Reviewed by Casey Chalk Perhaps one of the great cons of the twenty-first century has been corporate America’s success in deceiving...
The Cost of a Global Revolution

The Cost of a Global Revolution

The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History by Alexander Mikaberidze. Oxford University Press, 2020. Hardcover, 960 pages, $40. Reviewed by Casey Chalk Many, I’d imagine, would be intimidated by a 960-page book on the Napoleonic era. Or perhaps they’d be uninterested,...
Depths of Hell, Heights of English

Depths of Hell, Heights of English

Paradise Lost: A Primer by Michael Cavanagh. Catholic University of America Press, 2020. Paperback, 256 pages, $30. Reviewed by Casey Chalk There’s great value in reading fictional literature that imagines hell, devils, and the origin of evil—and it’s not just because...
Hey Buddy, Can You Spare an Enthymeme?

Hey Buddy, Can You Spare an Enthymeme?

Logic as a Liberal Art: An Introduction to Rhetoric and Reasoning by R. E. Houser. The Catholic University of America Press, 2020. Paperback, 488 pages, $35. Reviewed by Casey Chalk We love to talk about logic. Or, more precisely, we love to project ourselves as being...
The Secular Myth

The Secular Myth

Western Culture Today and Tomorrow: Addressing the Fundamental Issues by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Ignatius Press, 2019. Paperback, 170 pages, $17. Reviewed by Casey Chalk An old friend of mine recently declared that individual American citizens cannot advocate...
An Invaluable Bit of Aquinas

An Invaluable Bit of Aquinas

The Human Person: A Beginner’s Thomistic Psychology by Steven J. Jensen. The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. Paperback, 296 pages, $35. Reviewed by Casey Chalk How would our society be different if all Americans had just a little bit of Thomas Aquinas?...
A New Apologetic

A New Apologetic

Steadfast in Faith: Catholicism and the Challenges of Secularism by David G. Bonagura, Jr. Cluny Media, 2019. Paperback, 308 pages, $19.95. Reviewed by Casey Chalk “When the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” This question, asked by Jesus and recorded in...

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