An Anti-Utopian Life

Isaiah Berlin: A Life, by Michael Ignatieff. New York: Owl Books, 1999. Paper, 356pp., $16. Isaiah Berlin, who died in 1997, was that rare man of letters who was also a man of the world. If Churchill was the statesman who earned laurels as an historian, Berlin was the...
A Champion of Inherited Culture

A Champion of Inherited Culture

The Intemperate Professor and Other Cultural Splenetics, by Russell Kirk. Sherwood Sugden and Company, 1988. 143pp. paper, $7.95. H. L. Mencken once said that the college professor, “menaced by the timid dogmatism of the plutocracy above him and the incurable...

Resisting Delusions

Chance or Reality and Other Essays by Stanley L. Jaki. University Press of America, 1986. 258 pp., $14.50 paper.The dominant pathological feature of our times often seems an adulation of growth. That bigger is better and that the self is to be fulfilled are...

The Puritan Society: Toward Pluralism

The Last American Puritan: The Life of Increase Mather by Michael G. Hall. Wesleyan University Press, 1988. xv + 438 pp. $35.Michael G. Hall’s biography of Increase Mather goes far toward rehabilitating the Mather family of colonial Massachusetts. The Mathers have...

In Search of Community

Community and Tradition: Conservative Perspectives on the American Experience, edited by George W. Carey and Bruce Frohnen. Rowman & Littlefield, 1998. Paper, 216pp., $23.This is a valuable and timely book, and a welcome reminder that the conservative mind is...

Fiction and Philosophy

On Moral Fiction, by John Gardner. Basic Books, 1977. When you make up a story about America and say that we are the worst killers of all, that we are worse than Russia or China, then . . . well, I think you’ve made up an evil story.” That evaluation of the integrity...

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