New Books, 7/28/2019

Colonial Loyalties: Celebrating the Spanish Monarchy in Eighteenth-Century Lima


Spinoza’s Ethics, Translated by George Eliot

Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost

Brooklyn: The Once and Future City

The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal, Martha Nussbaum

The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets

The Tragedy of Empire: From Constantine to the Destruction of Roman Italy

United States v. Apple: Competition in America

Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy

The Cigarette: A Political History

A Convert’s Tale: Art, Crime, and Jewish Apostasy in Renaissance Italy

Selling the Story: Transaction and Narrative Value in Balzac, Dostoevsky, and Zola

Spenserian Moments

Magic and the Dignity of Man: Pico della Mirandola and His Oration in Modern Memory

Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World

Fraud in the Lab: The High Stakes of Scientific Research

Metternich: Strategist and Visionary

The Essential Works of Thomas More

Christ’s Associations: Connecting and Belonging in the Ancient City

The Trials of Thomas Morton: An Anglican Lawyer, His Puritan Foes, and the Battle for a New England

Crossing the Rubicon: Caesar’s Decision and the Fate of Rome

Job: A New Translation

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

The Marginal Revolutionaries: How Austrian Economists Fought the War of Ideas

The Letters of Cole Porter

The Dregs of the Day

Oblivion or Glory: 1921 and the Making of Winston Churchill

Witcraft: The Invention of Philosophy in English

What Are Biblical Values?: What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues

A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream

Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire

Hitler: A Global Biography

Ways of Heaven: An Introduction to Chinese Thought

The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women

When Bishops Meet: An Essay Comparing Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II

Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant

The Consensus of the Church and Papal Infallibility: A Study in the Background of Vatican I

The Grace of the Italian Renaissance

Avery Dulles: Essential Writings from America Magazine

The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades

Grace, Predestination, and the Permission of Sin: A Thomistic Analysis

Word Made Flesh: A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle A), Christopher West

Alexander von Humboldt’s Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain, Volume 1 and Volume 2

I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music

Money, Power, and the People: The American Struggle to Make Banking Democratic

David Tracy’s Selected Essays, Volume 1 and Volume 2

Cardinal Ratzinger: Western Culture Today and Tomorrow: Addressing the Fundamental Issues

The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord, Anthony Esolen

Probes: Deep Sea Diving into Saint John’s Gospel, Peter Kreeft

A Time to Die: Monks on the Threshold of Eternal Life

Erich Przywara and Postmodern Natural Law: A History of the Metaphysics of Morals

A new edition of The Phenomenology of Spirit 

God, Mystery, and Mystification, Denys Turner

The Epiclesis Debate at the Council of Florence


New Books, 5/1/19

The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

Leopold Von Ranke: A Biography

The Sartorial Travel Guide

Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman: Mariana of Austria and the Government of Spain

Queens of Sicily 1061-1266: The queens consort, regent and regnant of the Norman-Swabian era of the Kingdom of Sicily

Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science

The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit and Defrocking

That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation

On the Shoulders of Giants

The Victorians: Twelve Titans who Forged Britain

New Books, 3/5/19

Frege: A Philosophical Biography

Simone Weil’s tragedy Venice Saved

Upper West Side Catholics: Liberal Catholicism in a Conservative Archdiocese

Some memoirs of Anthony Kenny

Niccolò Machiavelli: An Intellectual Biography

Red Hamlet: The Life and Ideas of Alexander Bogdanov

Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter

The Season: A History of the Debutante

Tom Holland’s new book Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

Stanley Fish’s The First: How to Think About Hate Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Speech, Fake News, Post-Truth, and Donald Trump

William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy: How a Corporation Replaced the Mughal Empire, 1756-1803

Matt Stoller’s Goliath: How Monopolies Secretly Took Over the World

Stig Abell, editor of the TLS How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

Bill Bryson’s The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Roger Crowley’s The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades

The Life of Alcibiades: Dangerous Ambition and the Betrayal of Athens

A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

Hitler: A Global Biography

Hitler: A Biography

Dan Jones’s Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

John Jeremiah Sullivan’s The Prime Minister of Paradise: The True Story of a Lost American History

Daisy Dunn’s The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny

What appears to be a placeholder page for Eric Metaxas’s upcoming memoir Fish out of Water

Eric Foner’s The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

The Patrick Leigh Fermor Boxed Set

Edmund Morris’s Edison

Martha Nussbaum’s The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis

Desmond Seward’s The King Over the Water: The Jacobite Cause 1689-1807

The Song of Simon de Montfort: The Life and Death of a Medieval Revolutionary

Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World

A.N. Wilson’s new Prince Albert

A Christian and a Democrat: A Religious Biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Leo Strauss on Hegel

Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

The Byzantine Hellene: The Life of Emperor Theodore Laskaris and Byzantium in the Thirteenth Century

Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian

New Books, 2/4/19

George Weigel has written another book on the Catholic faith in the modern world.

Frédéric Martel is releasing a Vatican exposé of some sort, apparently premised on the notion that “the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.”

Martel’s book from last year, Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World, is due out in paperback.

A new guide to English style, by Random House’s copy chief.

Robert Caro’s book on his own writing.

A history of Herndon, Virginia.

Have you ever wondered, “How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience?”

St. Gregory’s Prayer Book, published by the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

The next installment in Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis.

Cardinal Müller assesses the challenges to Catholic doctrine and morals today.

New Books, 12/31/18

Edward Feser’s new book on natural philosophy/philosophy of science.

Michael Brendand Dougherty’s letters to his Irish father.

The ethics of St. Thomas.

Domenico Losurdo’s study of democratic authoritarianism.

Stop Mugging Grandma: Why Boomer Blaming Won’t Solve Anything.

A new edition of one of the founding works of Chinese legalism, The Book of Lord Shang.

Fr. Bede Jarrett, O.P.’s life of St. Dominic.

Protestantism and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Oaxaca.

Bernard McGinn’s biography of the Summa theologiae.

To Stir a Restless Heart: Thomas Aquinas and Henri de Lubac on Nature, Grace, and the Desire for God.

Hütter on Aquinas on Transubstantiation.

Hütter on Aquinas on Beatitude.

Some selected essays by Carl Schmitt.

To Save the Country: a lost treatise on martial law by Lincoln’s expert on the law of war, Francis Lieber.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the state of exception.

Ben Shapiro’s book on Judeo-Christian Values.

The Future is Asian.

A critical edition of the Hibernensis, the longest and most comprehensive canon-law text to have circulated in Carolingian Europe: volume 1 and volume 2.

An introduction to Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Some senses of the word ‘work’

Some notes on a lecture by Dr. Marshner.

There are three kinds of work:

1. Work in the sense of natural operation. You turn on the radio. If you hear noise, you say that it “works.” You talk about yourself this way: my liver works, my kindeys work, and I work. In this use, work means “natural operation,” and the Greek language calls it energeia. The opposite is “broken down”.

2. Work in the sense of projects undertaken for serious purposes. The opposite is idleness, sleep, or play. Work in this sense is a blessing: we all want something to do. We flee idleness and we cannot sleep all day. Adam does this work in Eden: inventing language. Greek ergon.

In both of these senses, it makes sense to say that “God works”. He is pure act and there is no sleep or idleness. All his operations are conscious designs; there is no distinction between his nature and his operation.

3. Work in the sense of projects undertaken to secure the necessities of life. This kind of work is effected by sin. Toil. You are made to work for a living. Greek kopos.