New books, 10/11/19

A guide to Elizabeth Anscombe’s Intention.

Michel Houellebecq’s new novel, Serotonin, in English.

Eric Posner’s book on demagoguery in American politics.

A Catholic theological critique of neoliberalism.

Joseph de Maistre’s St. Petersburg Dialogues are being reissued in paperback.

A study of the first European translation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, published in 1772 by Fr. Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot, a French Jesuit missionary to Beijing.

Insights from the Bruderhof community.

An edited volume on women philosophers, by women, which is being produced by a crowdfunded publisher.



New Books, 10/4/19

A collection of David Bentley Hart’s uncollected speeches and talks.

Why federalism doesn’t work.

Eric Cline’s next book on the excavation of the city of Armageddon.

An introduction to eight classical texts of Chinese philosophy.

Gennadios Scholarios, a Greek Thomist.

Pierre Manent on natural law and human rights.

The trinitarian theology of HUvB.

Aquinas’s eschatological ethics and the virtue of temperance.

The love life of a fascist in Mussolini’s Italy.

Anthony Grafton’s new book on bookmaking in Early Modern Europe.

Thomas Piketty, Capital and Ideology.

Mark Tushnet on taking back the Constitution.

A history of American Catholics.

A history of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Sovereignty, RIP?

A new translation of Musonius Rufus, the Roman stoic.

Fashion in the age of Jane Austen.

The moral foundations of Aristotelian political philosophy.

The decline of magic in Britain.

God in the Qur’an.

Peter Schäfer on ancient Jewish polytheism.

The Confucian case against equality.

New Books, 9/6/19

Margaret Atwood has written an enterprising sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Uncollected letters of Flannery O’Connor and friends.

Richard Berquist’s new introduction to natural law.

A biography of Justice Earl Warren.

Karen Armstrong proposes to rescue the sacred texts of Scripture.

Richard Dawkins… do I need to say what the book is about?

Stanley Fish writes about the first amendment.

Samantha Power, the former US Ambassador to the UN. has written a memoir.

Corey Robin examines the racial beliefs of Justice Clarence Thomas.

A history of philosophy without any gaps: medieval philosophy.

N.T. Wright does natural theology.

Jonathan Sumption argues that judges are too frequently making decisions that should be decided by politics.

Some letters of Vladimir Soloviev.

A new translation of Dante’s Purgatorio by a self-described “fat, spectacled, balding, old Glaswegian pedestrian”.

Massimo Faggioli has written The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving Toward Global Catholicity.

Jesuit Biblical Studies After Trent: Franciscus Toletus & Cornelius a Lapide.

The first complete translation into English of Cassiodorus’s Variae.


New Books, 8/22/19

Down and Out in Late Meiji Japan.

“A secret pedophile ring servicing the city’s most powerful men, high-level cover-ups, international geopolitics and the involvement of a secretive unit of police officers tasked with tracking down and arresting homosexuals” — The Witchhunters.

A new life of Charlemagne.

The rise of the East India Company, by William Dalrymple.

Eric Foner arguing for Reconstruction as the “Second Founding”.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook.

The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book.

Mmes Hilary and Chelsea Clinton profile “gutsy women”.

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest.

Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream.

N.T. Wright: The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians.

How the American Revolution Devastated the Globe.

Rich Lowry’s case for Nationalism.

A history of Chicago’s Jewish gangsters.

A global history of Maoism.

Matt Stoller’s new book Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy.

Gene Weingarten’s researches into the history of a single day plucked at random: Sunday, December 28, 1986.

India in the Persianate Age: 1000–1765.

A social history of the Debutante.

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

A.N. Wilson has a new biography of Prince Albert.

The King Over the Water: A Complete History of the Jacobites.

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