New Books, 6/16/17

Oliver Hilmes has written a new biography of Franz Liszt.

Philip Jenkins (“one of America’s foremost scholars of religion”) has written a book in which we learn that “much of the Judeo-Christian tradition we know today was born between 250-50 BCE”.

The next book from Edward Feser, this time on natural theology, will be released this August.

Jeffrey Lee has produced the first English-language biography I know of Reynald de Chatillon, the notorious Crusader mostly remembered today (despite the heroic rehabilitative efforts of Bernard Hamilton) for his brutality and bloodlust.

Michael Massing, an investigative journalist, is writing a book about the Reformation.

I tend to like Dan Jones’s books, which so far have been medieval pop histories. His next, on the Order of Templars, looks to be no different.

Romanus Cessario and Cajetan Cuddy have written a book on the Thomistic tradition.

I hope St. Augustine’s Press keeps its deadline for this one: Fr. Ernest Fortin’s book, now in English, about Claudianus Mamertus.

Anthony Kaldellis is a very good Byzantinist, and he’s turning his eye toward a more popular audience with his new history of Byzantium till the first Crusade.

Knowing almost nothing about it except that it will be published by Ignatius, still I won’t hesitate to recommend this Catholic introduction to the Old Testament.

I have heard praises for James C. Scott from a more diverse set of people than for any other living political theorist, and now he has a new book.

Here is a new intellectual biography of Philo of Alexandria.

Mencken wrote at the start of his career a daily column called The Free Lance, six days a week, selections of which have been collected here.

I do not know who Kyle Harper is, but he has written another one of those books about Rome, and there is always the chance that it is quite good.

If you like me have a guilty fondness for David Hume the man, here is a book about his friendship with Adam Smith.

Here is a book from Richard Rex about the young (recently excommunicated) Martin Luther.

I am going to predict now that Josephine Quinn’s new book about why “the Phoenicians” didn’t exist will do for them what Le Mirage spartiate did for the Spartans.

Tim Rogan has a book to be published soon from Princeton on three 20th-century critics of capitalism: Tawney, Polanyi, and Thompson.



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