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...
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...
The Cycles of Networked History?

The Cycles of Networked History?

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson. Penguin Press, 2018. Hardcover, 592 pages, $30. MATTHEW M. ROBARE Niall Ferguson’s The Square and the Tower is a short, sometimes too short, book that provides an...
The Questions Behind Populism

The Questions Behind Populism

Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism edited by Roger Kimball. Encounter Books, 2017. Hardcover, 216 pages, $24. MARLO SAFI Over the course of the 2016 Presidential election, Americans became very familiar with the resurgence of an old “ism”: populism....

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