Chronicles Magazine Book Review

The Sacraments of Anti-Christ

"A Republican marriage," said a French actress of the 18th century, "is the sacrament of adultery." This bon mot is recorded by Sir Walter Scott in the description of the French Revolution with which he begins his Life of Napoleon.

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    Germans in the Dock

    The cataclysm came—in the form of the diabolical Reichstag fire and the rigged elections of early March 1933. But by then it was too late to do anything but flee. For those, at least, who had the means to do so.

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    Every Which Way But Up

    Readers of Chronicles may vaguely recall Michael Lind as the contributor of a few articles to this magazine in the late 1980's and early 90's, but they should have no problem recognizing many of the ideas that inform his new book.

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    The Stupid Country

    According to a recent Roper poll, only 13 percent of the college graduating class of '96 could pass a simple quiz on material suitable for elementary school students. Ninety-two percent of those taking this quiz failed to identify the author or...

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    A Lost Art

    Readers first met Lee Pefley as an old man who returns to his hometown resolved to chastise public nuisances with a stick. Tito Perdue's first novel, Lee (1991), took some reviewers by surprise: the elegantly crafted naiveté seemed to strike a...

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    The Well Wrought Life

    This book is certainly a book—the book—for those interested in its subject, but I believe that it is a book, too, for those who have no particular interest in Cleanth Brooks (1906-1994), or in criticism.

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