George F. Kennan: Biography of a Bureaucrat

Review of George F. Kennan:  An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis Magisterial, thousand-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies are usually reserved for presidents, emperors, generals, and saints.  With John Lewis Gaddis’ definitive  George F. Kennan:  An American Life, the epic treatment is given to a 20th Century American bureaucrat.  Who was George Kennan, and why does [Read More...]

Gilead and the Calvinist Desire for Christ

Review of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson By JUSTIN HAWKINS Marilynne Robinson’s authorship of Gilead is the most convincing argument for reincarnation that has ever entered my mind.  That is not because the book is in any way about Eastern religion; it is not.  Rather, it is entirely from the perspective of an Iowan pastor in his [Read More...]

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Anti-Christian Screed (The Swerve)

Review of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt By PAUL D. MILLER On one level, The Swerve is the biography of a minor figure in Renaissance Florence (Poggio Bracciolini) and an entertaining story of how he recovered a lost work of Roman poetry (Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things). This part of The [Read More...]

A Panegyric for Keynes

Review of Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed By PAUL D. MILLER It seems an odd time to write a history book in praise of John Maynard Keynes.  We live in an economic world largely shaped, for the last seventy years, by his ideas.  It isn’t doing too well at the moment. Nonetheless, that is [Read More...]

What Lincoln Can Teach the Tea Party

Review of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner By PAUL D. MILLER Abraham Lincoln was a racist who believed Africans were intellectually inferior to whites and should not have equal political rights with their racial superiors. He opposed immediate abolition and favored only gradual emancipation, coupled with compensation for slave owners deprived [Read More...]


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