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The Last Years of Theodore Roosevelt

Carl Rollyson celebrates David Pietrusza’s historical biography of Theodore Roosevelt’s final struggles against Wilsonian idealism.

Casting Extras in The Truman Show

Titus Techera looks back on the prophetic appeal of The Truman Show after twenty years.

The Price of the Peculiar Institution

Casey Chalk reviews a book on the costs of American slavery, its lingering effects, and the role of the North.

Ancient Walls and New Bridges

Hungarian Ambassador Eduard Habsburg walks Rome’s Aurelian Wall and reflects on the sensual fascination of old walls.

Can Bureaucrats Be Virtuous?

John Ehrett reviews Bernardo Zacka’s surprisingly humane look at the inner life and professional dysfunction of the front-line bureaucrat.

A Rewarding Experience Awaits

Stephen Schmalhofer spends time with an art retrospective guided by famed Met curator Philippe de Montebello.

Can Bureaucrats Be Virtuous?

Can Bureaucrats Be Virtuous?

John Ehrett reviews Bernardo Zacka’s surprisingly humane look at the inner life and professional dysfunction of the front-line bureaucrat.

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