Book Review

Have American Wars Been Just? Review of Mark Hall and J. Daryl Charles’ America and the Just War Tradition
Have American Wars Been Just? Review of Mark Hall and J. Daryl Charles’ America and the Just War Tradition

Whether one is a historian who hopes to learn more about America’s conflicts, a philosopher who works in ethics or political philosophy, or a soldier or veteran who enjoys military history, America and the Just War Tradition addresses each of these topics and audiences from a variety of authors in a range of disciplines.

New Christian Realism from the Amsterdam School: Review of Simon Polinder & Govert Bujis’ Christian Faith, Philosophy, and International Relations: The Lamb and the Wolf
New Christian Realism from the Amsterdam School: Review of Simon Polinder & Govert Bujis’ Christian Faith, Philosophy, and International Relations: The Lamb and the Wolf

Simon Polinder and Govert Bujis advance a new school of Christian international relations thinking that they call “The Amsterdam School.” Time will tell if this distinctively Neo-Calvinist international relations approach is possible.

An Old Grand Strategy for A New Era: Rediscovering American Conservative Nationalism | Review of Colin Dueck’s Age of Iron
An Old Grand Strategy for A New Era: Rediscovering American Conservative Nationalism | Review of Colin Dueck’s Age of Iron

Colin Dueck’s “Age of Iron: On Conservative Nationalism” presents a sophisticated outlook on the future of Republican foreign policy.

Almoner of the Nations: Review of Curtis’ Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid
Almoner of the Nations: Review of Heather Curtis’ Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid

Heather Curtis’ Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicalism and Global Aid reveals the crucial role evangelicals played in the development of international humanitarianism at a time when the US was extending its global power through economic expansion, military imperialism, and missionary outreach

Appeasement’s Eternal Lessons

Tim Bouverie’s history of British pre-WWII appeasement—Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War—compellingly recounts how the democracies, chiefly Britain, deferred confrontation with Hitler for much of a decade, only barely recovering in time to avert complete calamity.

Heroic Materialism: A Review of Joshua Hawley’s Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness
Heroic Materialism: Review of Joshua Hawley’s Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness

Senator Hawley’s Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness is an interesting, though not altogether convincing portrayal of the 26th president as a lifelong crusader for moral action.

“I am here to save the honor of France”: Charles de Gaulle and the American Future
“I am here to save the honor of France”: Charles de Gaulle and the American Future

For a time, a brief and momentous time, he was France. It is one of history’s strangest moments. France besieged;…

Understand Brexit and the European Union Better by Understanding Theology: Review of Mark Royce’s The Political Theology of European Integration
Brexit and the European Union’s Overlooked Ingredient: Review of Mark Royce’s The Political Theology of European Integration

In October, the British Parliament approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for a general election, which will occur on Thursday….

How America Fights Wars in a Unique Way: Review of Patterson’s Just American Wars
How America’s Wars Have Been (Mostly) Just: Review of Eric Patterson’s Just American Wars

Eric Patterson contends in Just American Wars that the US is unique because of how it considers ethical and moral dilemmas when it fights. Particularly, the country’s democratic institutions force any politician who wishes to engage in a war to explain to voters, civil society, and other parts of the government why the war must be fought.