Chronicles Magazine REVIEWS

Ancestors

With the deaths of Robert Penn Warren and Walker Percy the specter of the star system is loose again in the land. "Who will be their successors? Who will pick up their mantle?"

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    Redefining America

    "Over the generations," wrote Milton M. Gordon in his 1964 study of the assimilation of white ethnics, "the triumph of acculturation in America has been, if not complete, at least numerically and functionally overwhelming."

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    Peaceable Kingdoms

    On the Law of Nations is a powerful brief in favor of what the United States Supreme Court in 1900 declared to be "the customs and usages of the civilized world." (In Paquete Habana, the highest court declared international law to be "part of our...

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    The End of History

    Is it possible that the "end of history" will be no more than the paralysis of human thought, motivation, and activity by what Jacques Ellul describes as "the internal contradictions of the technical system and society"?

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    Wills' Way

    Garry Wills is, of course, the talented apostate conservative whose interpretative political reporting avoids the usual journalistic cliches. No one will disagree that Wills penetrates events more deeply than do, say, the editorial writers for...

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    Bring Me the Head of John D.

    "Studying" philanthropy is a new academic enterprise, and one riven by various interests. Though a growing camp of scholars is following grant money, their studies, even when critical, generally confirm the conventional wisdom of foundation leaders.

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    The Pathetic Individual

    Perfection of the life or perfection of the art? The imperatives of art being what they are, Yeats thought that the writer could not have both. With the completion of Richard R. Lingeman's two-volume biography of Theodore Dreiser, it seems...

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