Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books

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Charles R. Kesler, John B. Kienker
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Mar 8, 2012 - Political Science - 520 pages
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Over the past 10 years, the Claremont Review of Books has become one of the preeminent conservative magazines in the United States, offering bold arguments for a reinvigorated conservatism that draws upon the timeless principles of the American Founding and applies them to the moral and political problems we face today. With essays by the likes of William F. Buckley, Jr., Christopher Hitchens, Richard Brookheiser, James Q. Wilson, Allen C. Guelzo, Victor Davis Hanson, Ross Douthat, and many others, this collection surveys the range of issues addressed in the Claremont Review of Books first decade, from the conservative critique of American progressivism to foreign policy, politics, history, and culture. Liberally illustrated with art director Elliot Banfield's popular cartoons, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness provides the magazine's many devotees with a treasured keepsake of a tumultuous decade and will be of interest to all those who care about American politics and culture.

Among the contributors are Hadley Arkes, Martha Bayles, the late William F. Buckley, Jr., Paul Cantor, James Ceaser, Joseph Epstein, Christopher Flannery, Harvey Mansfield, Wilfred McClay, Cheryl Miller, the late Jaroslav Pelikan, Joseph Tartakovsky, Michael Uhlmann, Algis Valiunas, William Voegeli, and the late James Q. Wilson.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PROGRESSIVISM ANDTHE LIBERAL CENTURY
9
Taming Big Government
11
A Nicer Form of Tyranny
22
Why the Election of 1912 Changed America
27
FDR as Statesman
36
The Endless Party
45
Involuntary Associations
53
The Bicentennial Lincolns
276
Tyranny and Utopia
291
Thoughts and Adventures
297
The Greatness and Decline of American Oratory
306
Part V CURRENT CONTENTIONS
315
Business as Usual
317
The Presidential Nomination Mess
319
Continental Drift
329

A LeftHanded Salute
58
Flights of Fancy
64
Part II RENEWING CONSERVATISM
69
The Conservative Challenge
71
The Right Stuff
84
Civil Rights and the Conservative Movement
94
The Myth of the Racist Republicans
109
The Long Detour
116
Why Conservatives Lost the War of Ideas
123
The Conservative Cocoon
127
Tailgunner Ann
131
Part III THE WAR WE ARE IN
135
What It Will Take to Win
137
War in the Absence of Strategic Clarity
152
Leo Strauss and American Foreign Policy
158
Democracy and the Bush Doctrine
167
Tribes of Terror
176
Left Right and Elusive Center
187
Theater of War
194
Why We Dont Win
199
A Portfolio of Illustrations from the Claremont Review of Books
215
Part IV STATESMEN AND DESPOTS
251
Aristotle and Locke in the American Founding
253
Moral Monster
257
The Man Who Made Modern America
261
ThreeFifths Historian
267
How the Confederates Won
272
Frances Immigrant Problemand Ours
340
Free to Use
348
All the Leaves Are Brown
351
Is Health Care a Right?
362
Part VI HEARTS AND MINDS
367
Born American But in the Wrong Place
369
The Crisis of American National Identity
375
The Debacle at Harvard
385
The Education Mill
388
Wimps and Barbarians
392
Against the Virtual Life
402
A Dance to the Disco Music of Time
407
The Three Rings
411
Part VII ARTS LITERATURE AND LEISURE
415
Building Democracy
417
Pith and Pen
423
Man of Letters
426
Larry McMurtry and the American West
430
The Genius of Old New York
436
Aryan Sister
444
Is There Intelligent Life on Television?
450
Music Philosophy and Generation Y
459
Macbeth and the Moral Universe
463
Index
477
List of Contributors
501
List of Books Reviewed and Discussed
505
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Charles R. Kesler is the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, and a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. He has written for National Review, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He is the author of a forthcoming book on Barack Obama and contemporary American Liberalism.

John B. Kienker is the managing editor of the Claremont Review of Books.

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