Gerald J. Russello

Gerald J. Russello is editor of the University Bookman.

An ’80s Edsall


The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American PoliticsBy Thomas Byrne Edsall(Doubleday, 256 pages, $24.95)  Thomas Edsall’s new book on the coming “age of austerity” is an example of why it will not be a moment too soon for the Boomers and their MSM mandarins to leave the scene. The book purports to explain […]

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A Work in Progress


Jacques Barzun: Portrait of a Mind By Michael Murray (Frederic C. Beil, 302 pages, $26.95) Jacques Barzun, still going strong at 105, wrote recently of a study of his friend Lionel Trilling that the important thing about a critic was ultimately not the personality but the work. That stance is unfashionable in our personality-driven age: […]

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A Book of Their Own


Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation. Edited by Jonah Goldberg (Harper, 242 pages, $15.99) For each conservative generation, its own anthology. The founding generation of conservatives had Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?, William F. Buckley’s collection of first-generation heroes. The 1980s saw the publication of Robert Whitaker’s The New Right […]

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