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A life in the public square
Stephen P. White | 21 April 2015
tags: Catholic Church, public square, USA
Richard John Neuhaus was one of the most influential figures in American public life from the Civil Rights era to the War on Terror


Family politics: domestic life under 20th century dictators
Francis Phillips | 08 April 2015
tags: book reviews, dictatorships, family policy
National portraits of domestic life, devastation and survival 1900 - 1950.


It’s not obtuse to deduce there’s a new Dr Seuss on the loose
Clare Bradford and Kristine Moruzi | 23 March 2015
tags: children's literature, Dr Seuss


The making of men
Francis Phillips | 18 March 2015
tags: education, John Henry Newman, UK, university
Few people have known more about how to develop the character of youth than Cardinal Newman.


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


There’s something mysterious about reviving To Kill a Mockingbird
Richard Gray | 06 February 2015
tags: literature, USA
After a gap of 55 years, its reclusive author is publishing a second novel.


The terrifying utilitarianism behind Guantanamo torture
Peter Finn | 28 January 2015
tags: Guantanamo Bay, utilitarianism
After a six-year legal battle, a detainee has given his side of the story of his arrest, rendition and interrogation. It's horrific.


The enduring appeal of C S Lewis
Francis Phillips | 13 January 2015
tags: books, C. S. Lewis
A clear prose style, an honest, warm voice are qualities that will always attract readers.


A guide to building the future from the founder of PayPal
Isaiah Berg | 11 December 2014
tags: book reviews, entrepreneurship, startups, technology
“The prospect of being lonely and wrong can be unbearable,” writes Peter Thiel.


The Good Reading Guide’s Inaugural Trash Can Awards
Clare Cannon | 09 December 2014
tags: best of


Ten books that changed my world
Carolyn Moynihan | 07 November 2014
tags: book lists, literature
Less dramatic than it sounds, to be sure, but still formative.


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


Rediscovering a great 19th century novelist
Susan Reibel Moore | 09 October 2014
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
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
tags: book reviews, Catholic Church, World War II
World War II as a campaign against evil by defenders of the good.


Ten novels to make you passionate about history
Carolyn Moynihan , Francis Phillips and Michael Cook | 03 September 2014
tags: best of, historical fiction, list, novels
Our suggestions for the best in historical fiction.


Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend
Francis Phillips | 26 August 2014
tags: book reviews, Nelson Mandela
An affecting memoir by Nelson Mandela's jailer.


The global race to reinvent the state
Nick Spencer | 07 July 2014
tags: book reviews, government, political science
Two journalists from The Economist want to “fix Leviathan” through efficiency and better management.


Does sex have a purpose?
G. Tracy Mehan III | 07 July 2014
tags: homosexuality, same-sex marriage
On the answer to this question depends the future of marriage and the family.


Is this the most miserable place on earth?
Francis Phillips | 17 June 2014
tags: book reviews, Communism, Russia, Soviet Union
A Polish journalist hitchhikes along Russia's remote Kolyma Highway.


A country priest, a Norwegian heroine, an American lady: bookmarks
Francis Phillips | 11 June 2014
tags: book lists
MercatorNet contributors talk about books that have changed the way they see the world.


The Fault in Our Stars
Clare Cannon | 06 June 2014
tags: book reviews, teen movies, young adult
Romance, caring, philosophy -- this novel-to-screen teen sensation has it all. Perhaps too much.


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