Review: The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin

The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin
The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An insightful look at the wellsprings of conservative thought.

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Review: There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction

There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction
There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction by Saul Bellow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some really good essays, but also a lot of repetition and hand-wringing over modernity. Sometimes you just want to shout “Deal with it!”.

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Review: Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics

Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics
Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics by Mark Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Johnson investigates the imaginative basis of morality and offers a thoroughgoing refutation of both absolutist and absolutely relativist moral theories as being inconsistent with the modern understanding of how people think and behave.

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Review: The Great War and Modern Memory

The Great War and Modern Memory
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A humane elegy to the inhabitants of the “troglodyte world” of the Great War trenches and how their experience and response have shaped our view of war and the modern world ever since.

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