Varieties of the British Right

Varieties of the British Right

Neo-Tories: The Revolt of British Conservatives against Democracy and Political Modernity (1929–1939) by Bernhard Dietz. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. Hardcover, 328 pages, $120 (Paper, $40.) Reviewed by James Baresel One could easily suspect that a book with the title...
Saint Louis and the Convert Immigrants

Saint Louis and the Convert Immigrants

The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX by William Chester Jordan. Princeton University Press, 2019. Hardcover, 200 pages, $35. Reviewed by James Baresel My suspicions are that barely a minority of well-read conservatives with an avid but...
The Great and Tolerable Empire

The Great and Tolerable Empire

Imperial Legacies: The British Empire Around the World by Jeremy Black Encounter Books, 2019. Hardcover, 216 pages, $26. Reviewed by James Baresel When a book is advertised as a “wide-ranging and vigorous assault on political correctness” one can usually expect that...
An Artist in History

An Artist in History

A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley. by Jane Kamensky. W.W. Norton and Company, 2017. Hardcover, 544 pages, $19.95. Reviewed by James Baresel Much as honesty forces the admission that they are not of equal aesthetic quality, the works of John...
The Life Behind the Dance

The Life Behind the Dance

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time by Hilary Spurling. Hamish Hamilton, 2017 (Knopf 2018). Hardcover, 509 pages, $29.70. Reviewed by James Baresel Over four decades ago the novelist Anthony Powell asked his friend Hilary Spurling if she was willing to be his...

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