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The Road to Character

Francis Phillips | 13 August 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, character, New York Times
A New York Times columnist writes a book about old fashioned virtues.


Please do not kill this Mockingbird

Michael Kirke | 20 July 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Harper Lee
Despite its rawness, Go Set a Watchman is a literary treasure.


Stalin’s Daughter

Francis Phillips | 13 July 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: biography, book reviews, Stalin
How did Svetlana Alliluyeva survive growing up in the monstrous shadow of her father?


Verdict on Chinese organ harvesting: not proven

Alistair Nicholas | 27 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, China, Falun Gong, organ trafficking
Plenty of lurid details, but a dearth of solid proof.


More perspective needed

Andrew Byrne | 19 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Catholic Church, Jesuits, Pope Franis, Vatican
A recent biography of Pope Francis seems unfair and confusing.


A prophetic tale from the Armenian genocide

Michael Cook | 18 May 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Armenian genocide, book reviews, Turkey
Franz Werfel's classic novel of heroism and tragedy.


Family politics: domestic life under 20th century dictators

Francis Phillips | 08 April 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, dictatorships, family policy
National portraits of domestic life, devastation and survival 1900 - 1950.


Hilary Mantel and the comet of Calixtus

Basilides Melchischyros | 11 February 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, historical fiction, Tudor England
The prize-winning novel Wolf Hall tells us more about the 21st Century than the 16th.


What it means to be a conservative

Holly Hamilton-Bleakley | 14 January 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, conservatism, politics
Roger Scruton's new book shines a philosophical light on conservatism.


A guide to building the future from the founder of PayPal

Isaiah Berg | 11 December 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, entrepreneurship, startups, technology
“The prospect of being lonely and wrong can be unbearable,” writes Peter Thiel.


The bitter lessons of unbridled freedom

Francis Phillips | 23 October 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Communism, Russia, Soviet Union
The older generation of Russians suffered terribly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.


The beauty of the country of marriage

Matthew J. Franck | 23 October 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, same-sex marriage
In a brave new book, Anthony Esolen describes the very real consequences of redefining marriage.


Rediscovering a great 19th century novelist

Susan Reibel Moore | 09 October 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews
How many of us would know the novels of Anthony Trollope if it weren’t for the BBC?


The Sense of Style

Francis Phillips | 08 October 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, writing
A controversial Harvard psychologist wants people to ... write better.


Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943

Francis Phillips | 12 September 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Catholic Church, World War II
World War II as a campaign against evil by defenders of the good.


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