Chronicles Magazine REVIEWS

Science, Wisdom, and Moral Judgment

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Juvenal's admonition to husbands has often been applied to government, but rarely with the full force of the original: "Go ahead and lock her up," the Roman satirist warned, "but who will watch the watchmen...

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    A Good Man Is Hard to Find

    The road to hell, I was taught as a child, is paved with good intentions. Surely no one could fault the intentions of the Reverend Ralph David Abernathy—Martin Luther King's right arm and successor in the Southern Christian Leadership...

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    Large Canvas, Long Reach

    Madison Smartt Bell has a penchant for keeping his fiction mysterious at its deepest core. The protagonist of his 1985 novel, Waiting for the End of the World, is a fellow called Larkin who is out to destroy New York City for no reason a reader...

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    Rouge on a Corpse's Lips

    Two ironies attend the life and career of Whittaker Chambers. The first is that the one-time Communist spy, foreign editor of Time, and witness against Soviet espionage became notable during his life and afterwards only because of the Hiss Case,...

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