Free Ride

Free Ride

Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road by Matthew Crawford. William Morrow, 2020. Hardcover, 368 pages, $29. Reviewed by Addison Del Mastro “When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!” So reads a famous American propaganda poster from World War II,...
Aristotle’s Timely Guide to Human Happiness

Aristotle’s Timely Guide to Human Happiness

By Auguste Meyrat One of the paradoxes of modernity is that as living has become easier and more pleasurable, people have become sadder. Depression and loneliness were already major problems in the developed world, and have become even worse with the COVID-19...
Is the Religious Right Really so Incomprehensible?

Is the Religious Right Really so Incomprehensible?

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism By Benjamin M. Freidman. Alfred A. Knopf, 2021. Hardcover, 560 pages, $37.50 Reviewed by James E. Hartley Sometimes it seems like discussions in this country are taking place in two isolated camps. Every now and then, that suspicion...
How to Read the News and Stay Happy

How to Read the News and Stay Happy

Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News by Jeffrey Bilbro. InterVarsity Press, 2021. Hardcover, 200 pages, $24. Reviewed by Casey Chalk “We’re going to win so much, you may even get tired of winning,” proclaimed then-presidential candidate...
Snowden Speaks of Africa

Snowden Speaks of Africa

By Anika T. Prather “I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the Flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” —Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” African Americans have always dreamed of another world. We have...
Killing the Boomers

Killing the Boomers

Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster by Helen Andrews. Sentinel, 2021. Hardcover, 256 pages, $27. Reviewed by Anthony M. Barr My history thesis advisor in college was fond of saying that one of the main drivers in new scholarship is...

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