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Capitalism’s Theologian

By 10.28.13

The renowned Michael Novak, on his journey to conservatism.

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Looking Through Orwell

By From the October 2013 issue

George Orwell: A Life in Letters
Selected and Annotated by Peter Davison
(Norton, 542 pages, $35)

HOW MUCH OF the real George Orwell can be found in this new collection of letters is an open question. “Good prose,” he once wrote, “is like a window pane.” The good writer, he told us, will strive mightily to efface all artifice from any piece of writing, leaving behind only his gleaming sentences and the thoughts and images of which they are the direct and flawless expression. 

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For Your Information

By 10.4.13

Let us now praise George Gilder.

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An American Prime Minister

By From the September 2013 issue

Thatcher biographer Charles Moore is a rare artist indeed.

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The Lincoln Blueprint

By From the September 2013 issue

Rich Lowry answers the question all Republicans should be asking: What would Lincoln do today?

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The Heart of the Heartland

By From the September 2013 issue

Meet the best novelist of the 20th century.

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Darwinism and Materialism: They Sink or Swim Together

By 9.18.13

Will Stephen Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt be “the most despised science book” of 2013?

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The Big Bow-Wow

By From the September 2013 issue

Conrad Black's magnum opus on what made America great in the world.

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Rustin’s Peace

By From the April 1997 issue

Bayard Rustin: Troubles I've Seen: A Biography

By Jervis Anderson


(HarperCollins, 418 pages, $30)

Besides being a brilliant political strategist and organizer, Bayard Rustin was one of the civil rights movement's most vivid and original personalities. A close aide to Martin Luther King, Rustin played a pivotal role in mobilizing the American conscience against Jim Crow. By the time of his death in 1987 at the age of 75, however, Rustin was reviled by much of the civil rights establishment, and today he is nearly forgotten. Fortunately, New Yorker magazine staff writer Jervis Anderson's admirable biography of Rustin brings the old fighter to life. It also offers a succinct history of the civil rights movement's rise and fall.

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Islam’s Now vs. Then War

By 8.26.13

Lesley Hazleton’s most readable biography of Muhammad, “The First Muslim.”

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