Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain, by Brian A. Catlos

I read this book, about the history of Spain under Muslim rule, hoping it would be less biased than Darío Fernández-Morera’s The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise, which I found to be too polemical in its criticism of Islamic domination. This book was closer to neutral, on the other side of neutral, but the author, Brian Catlos, has taken a fascinating…

Review of ‘Whiteness: The Original Sin’

Whiteness: the Original Sin by Jim Goad. Obnoxious Books, 2018 The West Midlands Fire Brigade demands a score of 70 from white men, but only 60 from everyone else. English Heritage advertises jobs from which white people are explicitly banned from applying. The Government’s £90 million ‘Youth Fund’ will only be made available to young people from black and ethnic…

Rebuilding Social Capital in Trump Country

Harvard University Professor Harvey Mansfield begins the editor’s note of his translation of Alexis de Tocqueville’s seminal 19th-century study: “Democracy in America is at once the best ever written on democracy and the best ever written on America.” He is right. The time is fast approaching two centuries since Tocqueville’s brief sojourn in Jacksonian America, and while his reflections have inspired dozens of books from some of the 20th and 21st centuries’ most thoughtful observers of politics—including Robert Nisbet, Robert Putnam, and Sheldon Wolin, to name but a few—we never quite seem to exhaust the Frenchman’s insights.

How to Become Secretary of Education Without Really Doing Anything

How Schools Work:  An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation's Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education, by Arne Duncan Simon & Schuster, 256 pages, $26.99 According to the opening pages of Arne Duncan's memoir How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success, American education runs on lies. Described by his publishers as one of the "nation's longest-serving…

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