Democracy and Iniquity

Democracy and Iniquity

We the Fallen People: The Founders and the Future of American Democracy by Robert Tracy McKenzie. IVP Academic, 2021. Hardcover, 304 pages, $28. Reviewed by Casey Chalk As U.S. troops continued their exit from Afghanistan this summer, a former high-school history...
The Sinai Revolution and American Ordered Liberty

The Sinai Revolution and American Ordered Liberty

The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom By Os Guinness. InterVarsity Press, 2021. Hardcover, 288 pages, $25. Reviewed by Casey Chalk Conservatives are by default skeptical of revolutions. British statesman Edmund Burke in his...
How to Read the News and Stay Happy

How to Read the News and Stay Happy

Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News by Jeffrey Bilbro. InterVarsity Press, 2021. Hardcover, 200 pages, $24. Reviewed by Casey Chalk “We’re going to win so much, you may even get tired of winning,” proclaimed then-presidential candidate...
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...

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