Book Review

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 United States 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

Julian Jackson’s De Gaulle chronicles and catalogs the many twists and turns of de Gaulle’s life and leadership. His is an exhaustive and judicious book, but he does sprinkle in material that allows us to draw near to the man.

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 The Political Theology of European Integration, Mark Royce corrects the political science discourse by explaining how political theology can affect international relations.

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.

Rich Lowry Calls for a Unifying, Liberal Nationalism - Book Review of The Case for Nationalism
Rich Lowry Calls for a Unifying, Liberal Nationalism

Nationalism should form the bonds of social contract in any great power, and should not just be an idea that is despised by the far-left and usurped by the far-right.

Babelic America? A Response to Paul D. Miller
Babelic America? A Response to Paul D. Miller

I am grateful to Paul D. Miller for his recent review of “Between Babel and Beast.” Some of his criticisms hit home, some miss the mark. I respond to a few.

Humbling Account of a Vietnam Tragedy: Review of Bowden’s Hue 1968
Humbling Account of a Vietnam Tragedy: Review of Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968

In Hue 1968, Mark Bowden describes the horrors of war through the eyes of those who fought the battles. His work is carefully researched, well organized, and smoothly written.