Upcoming Event: The Gerald Russello Memorial Lecture

Upcoming Event: The Gerald Russello Memorial Lecture

On November 15, The University Bookman and friends will hold a memorial lecture in honor of Gerald Russello, longtime editor of The University Bookman. Dr. Dermot Quinn, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Seton Hall University, will speak on Gerald Russello...
Thinking as a Human Being

Thinking as a Human Being

Thinking about Thinking: Mind and Meaning in the Era of Techno-Nihilism James D. Madden. Cascade Books, 2023. Paperback, 220 pages, $29. Reviewed by David Weinberger. Ever wonder what it means to have a mind? Is thinking, for example, unique to the human species? Or...
JP O’Malley Interviews Author Ian Buruma

JP O’Malley Interviews Author Ian Buruma

The Collaborators: Three Stories of Deception and Survival in World War II By Ian Buruma. Penguin Press, 2023. Hardcover, 320 pages, $30. Ian Buruma published The Collaborators: Three Stories of Deception and Survival in World War II early last year. The University...
Pride in our Founders – Through Geography and Maps

Pride in our Founders – Through Geography and Maps

Mental Maps of the Founders: How Geographic Imagination Guided America’s Revolutionary Leaders By Michael Barone.  Encounter Books, 2023.  Hardcover, 228 pages, $29.99. Reviewed by Christian Sellar. This book is the fruit of the labor of a journalist and political...
Imprisoned by the Internet

Imprisoned by the Internet

Digital Liturgies: Rediscovering Christian Wisdom in an Online Age By Samuel D. James. Crossway, 2023. Paperback, 208 pages, $16.99. Reviewed by John Ehrett. Historian Oswald Spengler famously argued that man, at least since the Dark Ages, has been animated by a...
An Unsettling Sense of Justice

An Unsettling Sense of Justice

A Glooming Peace This Morning By Allen Mendenhall.  Livingston Press, 2023.  Paperback, 130 pages, $18.95. Reviewed by Joshua S. Fullman. Justice is a term frequently and haphazardly tossed around in contemporary parlance. Rather than rooted in the rich heritage of...
JP O’Malley Interviews Author Thomas Harding

JP O’Malley Interviews Author Thomas Harding

The Maverick: George Weidenfeld and the Golden Age of Publishing By Thomas Harding. Pegasus Books, 2023. Hardcover, 336 pages, $29.95. Thomas Harding published The Maverick: George Weidenfeld and the Golden Age of Publishing last year. The University Bookman...
Saint Una and the Women Who Made Saint Augustine

Saint Una and the Women Who Made Saint Augustine

Queens of a Fallen World: The Lost Women of Augustine’s Confessions By Kate Cooper. Basic Books, 2023. Hardcover, 304 pages, $30. Reviewed by Paul Krause. Saint Augustine was a momma’s boy. He was also smitten by the beauty and charm of women, from the concubine with...
The U.S. Constitution and Slavery 

The U.S. Constitution and Slavery 

The Antebellum Origins of the Modern Constitution: Slavery and the Spirit of the American Founding  By Simon Gilhooley. Cambridge University Press, 2020. Paperback, 283 pages, $29.99. Slavery and Sacred Texts: The Bible, the Constitution, and Historical Consciousness...
Draining the Swamp

Draining the Swamp

You Report to Me: Accountability for the Failing Administrative State  By David Bernhardt.  Encounter Books, 2023.  Hardcover, 272 pages, $29.99. Reviewed by Chuck Chalberg. In recent years the term “administrative state” has become part of our common parlance. The...
After Liberalism…Faith?

After Liberalism…Faith?

The New Leviathans: Thoughts After Liberalism By John Gray. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023. Hardcover, 192 pages, $27. Reviewed by Gene Callahan. Reviewing one of John Gray’s recent books is an adventurous undertaking. Rather than straightforward histories, or...