The Nation’s First Architect

The Nation’s First Architect

Building America: The Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe by Jean H. Baker. Oxford University Press, 2020. Hardcover, 304 pages, $35. Reviewed by Addison Del Mastro Benjamin Henry Latrobe is, in two ways, not Pierre L’Enfant—he was not, despite his surname, French; and he...
A Timeless History of Public Education

A Timeless History of Public Education

Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America by Johann N. Neem. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 256 pages, $55. Reviewed by Addison Del Mastro Democracy’s Schools is written by Johann Neem, an Indian immigrant brought to America as a...
Through the Lens of Civil Society

Through the Lens of Civil Society

Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse by Timothy P. Carney. Harper, 2019. Hardcover, 368 pages, $28. Reviewed by Addison Del Mastro Alienated America, by Washington Examiner editor and journalist Tim Carney, is the latest and most expansive...
For Liberty or Tyranny?

For Liberty or Tyranny?

John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court by Richard Brookhiser. Basic Books, 2018. Hardcover, 324 pages, $30. Reviewed by Addison Del Mastro Historian and biographer Richard Brookhiser offers here a moderately short, easy to read, and quite in-depth review of...

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