Matthew Kenefick

Matthew Kenefick is an occasional writer from the Washington, D.C. area.

Telling It Like It Is


Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? By Patrick J. Buchanan (Thomas Dunne Books, 496 pages, $27.99) If you are searching for the authoritative Baedeker Guide to the End of the West, search no longer. Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? makes a devastating case for the end of what […]

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A Guide To Lay Holiness


Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay VocationBy Michael Novak and William E. Simon Jr.(Encounter Books, 184 pages, $21.95) HOW DOES a Christian layman who takes his faith seriously, indeed as a matter of (eternal) life and death, answer Christ’s call to imitate him in everyday life, in such a way that Christ will […]

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P.S. 1984


Perhaps the cattiest quote of all time was Mary McCarthy’s summation of Lillian Hellman: “Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.” After finishing Anthony Esolen’s Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (ISI Press, Wilmington, 2010), I would apply McCarthy’s quote to Professor Esolen, with the crucial substitution of […]

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A Gentle Man


Light of the World: The Pope, The Church and The Signs of the Times By Pope Benedict XVI and Peter Seewaldt (Ignatius Press, 256 pages, $21.95) A well-known American Catholic theologian not noted for his fidelity to Church teaching was a commentator for a major television network during the last papal conclave. Just before the […]

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Faith Without Reason


The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist CrisisBy Robert R. Reilly (ISI Books, 240 pages, $26.95) Robert R. Reilly has written a book that may offer the key to both understanding and perhaps defeating the ongoing war of terror against the West. The book is entitled The Closing of […]

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The Future Is Now


The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church By John L. Allen, Jr. (Doubleday, 480 pages, $28) John Allen, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Register and a Vatican analyst for CNN and National Public Radio, has written an indispensable book for anyone interested in the Catholic Church or religion itself in […]

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An American Master


Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong By Terry Teachout (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 475 pages, $30) Several years ago, I gave a talk on the importance of male friendship to a group of high school seniors at a prestigious all-male school. In my presentation, I used John Wayne and Bob Hope to exemplify different types of […]

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Undeniable Superiority


The Israel Test By George Gilder (Richard Vigilante Books, 296 pages, $27.95) Back in the 1960s, I remember coming upon Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media and recognizing the work of a prophet who was opening up a radically new way of looking at the world. It was he who gave us the now familiar expressions “global […]

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Shades of Gray


The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War By H. W. Crocker III (Regnery Publishing, 370 pages, $19.95) AN OFT-REPEATED TRUISM is “History is written by the victors.” Certainly this has been the case of the War Between the States. Books written about the war must number in the hundreds of thousands by now, and […]

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