The Wonder of Medieval Europe

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones. Viking, 2017. Hardcover, 448 pages, $30. TIMOTHY D. LUSCH “Two types of humanity were the wonder of medieval Europe: the great saint and the great knight.” So declared Russell Kirk in his...

Not Only Narnia: Lewis as Political Thinker

The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis by Alister E. McGrath. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Paperback, 191 pages, $36. C. S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law by Justin Buckley Dyer and Micah J. Watson. Cambridge University Press, 2016. Paperback, 160 pages, $27. GARY L....

Zuckerberg’s Philosopher

The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man by Stephen Frederic Dale. Harvard University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 400 pages, $31. JAMES KALB This book, written, by an emeritus professor at Ohio State, is a useful and quite readable companion to...

What Punishment? Whose Community?

The Machinery of Criminal Justice by Stephanos Bibas. Oxford University Press, 2012, 2015. Paperback, 320 pages, $29. CHARLES FAIN LEHMAN It is rare to see, especially from the right, a critique of the modern American criminal justice system that focuses not just on...

Rousseau’s Reactionary Disciple

Memoirs from Beyond the Grave: 1768–1800 by François-René de Chateaubriand, translated by Alex Andriesse. New York Review Books Classics, 2018. Softcover, 584 pages, $20. GREG MORRISON “Pass on now, reader; wade the river of blood that separates forever the old world,...

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