This review appeared in the June 2006 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe, click here.p> strong> Manliness br> by Harvey C. Mansfield br> (Yale University Press, 304 pages, $27.50) /strong> /p>
THE DEFINITION OF SHEER JOY is the reaction of a conservative on learning that a book entitled Manliness has just been published.
As soon as I heard about it I began churning out promotional copy in my head: “From the 300 Spartans to the men of the Titanic…. What women REALLY want: ‘I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not honour more.’”
Next, I mentally wrote the jacket copy.
“…that prototype of self-discipline, the Color Sergeant in Zulu.”
“…warfare as minuet: the polished courtesies observed by gentlemen officers Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens in The Enemy Below.”
“…the mutual respect that springs up between the hunted white man and his African pursuers when he wins the test of manliness in The Naked Prey.”
“…the chivalric ideal displayed at West Point in 1861 when cadets from Union states presented arms as their Southern classmates marched off the field to the strains of ‘Dixie.’”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?