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Every child should read Arnold Lobel’s stories of Frog and Toad. These stories are pure, unashamed delight. Once upon a time, all children’s stories were a pleasant romp, an indulgence in something lovely. Think of Mother...
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"The patriotic Englishman is largely unconscious that about three quarters of his native prejudices were taught to him by a German spy," recounts G.K. Chesterton in introduction to Charles Sarolea’s Letters from Poland. Along the same train...

So I have in my hands the galleys of our Ralph Hancock’s lovingly expert translation of Pierre Manent’s Seeing Things Politically. Let me explain why you should buy it from St. Augustine’s Press as soon...
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Clyde Kilby, an English professor from Wheaton College, worked with Tolkien in the summer of 1966. “Tolkien was an Old Western Man who was staggered at the present direction of civilization,” Kilby recorded...
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Fifty-seven years had elapsed since Kirk had first drawn his literary sword and blown his literary trumpet.... What he might do to rouse others' imagination and courage, that he had done, to the best of his limited talents. It remained to keep keen the edge of his...
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Never has the stock market soared higher nor the supply of affordable books been cheaper. Lucky or cursed, let us examine the latter--about which T.S. Eliot asks a great question but falls short in his reply. I...
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A century ago, the Great War tore European civilization apart. The self-confidence and self-regard with which European nations had conquered and colonized great swaths of the globe in the Modern Age collapsed amidst death and destruction on...
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One of the best descriptions of Washington, D.C., and its permanent political class comes in the second chapter of Advise and Consent, the 1959 novel by Allen Drury: “It is a city of temporaries,...
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Can a man of moral sensitivity function in a corrupt and derelict world? This is a major question that Joseph Conrad probes in Victory (1915) and that his main character, Axel Heyst, presumably a Swedish baron,...
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How often can writers pretend to discover some well-known thing for “the first time ever?” With poor Adam Smith it has happened...

Abraham Lincoln Philosopher Statesman, Joseph R. Fornieri (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014) The twin goals of this book are so closely intertwined that it would be easy to see them as a unity. To do...
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“Truth is the self-manifestation and state of evidence of real things. Consequently, truth is something secondary, following from something else. Truth does not exist for itself alone. Primary and precedent to it are existing things, the...
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The written word has obviously been crucial to the preservation and development of Western civilization. Without the invention of the alphabet and the printing press, or the widespread use of writing, you would not have access to the minds...