Reflections in Print

Henry Regnery (1912-1996), as Jeffrey Nelson observes in his introduction, was "one of the unsung heroes of the last half-century of American cultural life." Henry Regnery Company (now Regnery Publishing, Inc.), which he founded in 1947, gave America's nascent conservative movement a beachhead in the monolithically liberal publishing world: The breakthrough was the publication of Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind, which Regnery deemed "the high point of my publishing career." He also published James Burnham, Richard Weaver, and other conservative giants. As the leading publisher of revisionist histories of World War II, Regnery effectively disputed liberalism's effort to prune truth into a self-serving "official" version of events. Defending civilization on another front, he published many works of classical and Catholic thought.

As this second posthumous collection of his writings (the first, A Few Reasonable Words, was published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in 1996) reminds us, there was another side to Henry Regnery: the accomplished essayist and reviewer. These pieces—many of them originally published in Modern Age, others making a first appearance here—reveal the quality of Regnery's prose style (lucid, vigorous, but never strident) as well as the depth and breadth of his mind. Spanning the period from 1969 to 1994, their subjects...

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