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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books

Edited by Charles R. Kesler and John B. Kienker

Over the past 10 years, the Claremont Review of Books has become one of the preeminent conservative magazines in the United States, offering bold arguments for a reinvigorated conservatism that draws upon the timeless principles of the American Founding and applies them to the moral and political problems we face today. With essays by the likes of William F. Buckley, Jr., Christopher Hitchens, Richard Brookheiser, James Q. Wilson, Allen C. Guelzo, Victor Davis Hanson, Ross Douthat, and many others, this collection surveys the range of issues addressed in the Claremont Review of Books first decade, from the conservative critique of American progressivism to foreign policy, politics, history, and culture. Liberally illustrated with art director Elliot Banfield's popular cartoons, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness provides the magazine's many devotees with a treasured keepsake of a tumultuous decade and will be of interest to all those who care about American politics and culture.

Among the contributors are Hadley Arkes, Martha Bayles, the late William F. Buckley, Jr., Paul Cantor, James Ceaser, Joseph Epstein, Christopher Flannery, Harvey Mansfield, Wilfred McClay, Cheryl Miller, the late Jaroslav Pelikan, Joseph Tartakovsky, Michael Uhlmann, Algis Valiunas, William Voegeli, and the late James Q. Wilson.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 520
978-1-4422-1333-3 • Hardback • March 2012 • $46.00 • (£31.95)
978-1-4422-1335-7 • eBook • March 2012 • $45.99 • (£31.95)
Charles R. Kesler is the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, and a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. He has written for National Review, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He is the author of a forthcoming book on Barack Obama and contemporary American Liberalism.

John B. Kienker is the managing editor of the Claremont Review of Books.
Part I: Progressivism and the Liberal Century
Taming Big Government, by Michael M. Uhlmann (Summer 2007)
A Nicer Form of Tyranny, by Ronald J. Pestritto (Spring 2008)
Why the Election of 1912 Changed America, by Sidney M. Milkis (Winter 2002/03)
FDR as Statesman, by Robert Eden (Fall 2004)
The Endless Party, by William Voegeli (Winter 2004)
Involuntary Associations, by Mark Blitz (Fall 2005)
A Left-Handed Salute, by Wilfred M. McClay (Summer 2007)
Flights of Fancy, Steven F. Hayward (Summer 2010)

Part II: Renewing Conservatism
The Conservative Challenge, by Charles R. Kesler (Summer 2009)
The Right Stuff, by Michael M. Uhlmann (Summer 2005)
Civil Rights and the Conservative Movement, by William Voegeli (Summer 2008)
The Myth of the Racist Republicans, by Gerard Alexander (Spring 2004)
The Long Detour, by William A. Rusher (Summer 2005)
Why Conservatives Lost the War of Ideas, by Thomas B. Silver (Winter 2001/02)
The Conservative Cocoon, by Ross Douthat (Winter 2005/06)
Tailgunner Ann, by William F. Buckley, Jr. (Winter 2003/04)

Part III: The War We Are In
Victory: What it Will Take to Win, by Angelo M. Codevilla (Fall 2001)
War in the Absence of Strategic Clarity, by Mark Helprin (Fall 2003)
Leo Strauss and American Foreign Policy, by Thomas G. West (Summer 2004)
Democracy and the Bush Doctrine, by Charles R. Kesler (Winter 2004/05)
Tribes of Terror, by Stanley Kurtz (Winter 2007/08)
The Home Front, by Christopher Flannery (Fall 2002)
Theater of War, by Christopher Hitchens (Winter 2006/07)
Why We Don’t Win, by Angelo M. Codevilla (Winter 2009/10)
A Portfolio of Illustrations from the Claremont Review of Books, by Elliott Banfield

Part IV: Statesmen and Despots
Aristotle and Locke in the American Founding, by Harry V. Jaffa (Winter 2000/01)
Moral Monster, by John Zvesper (Summer 2004)
The Man Who Made Modern America, by Stephen F. Knott (Fall 2004)
Three-Fifths Historian, by Lance Banning (Fall 2004)
How the Confederates Won, by Mackubin Thomas Owens (Winter 2002/03)
The Greatness and Decline of American Oratory, by Diana Schaub (Summer 2007)
The Bicentennial Lincolns, by Allen C. Guelzo (Winter 2009/10)
Tyranny and Utopia, by Charles H. Fairbanks, Jr. (Spring 2005)
Thoughts and Adventures, by Larry P. Arnn (Spring 2008)

Part V: Current Contentions
Business as Usual, by Charles R. Kesler (Summer 2006)
The Presidential Nomination Mess, by James W. Ceaser (Fall 2008)
Continental Drift, by Jeremy Rabkin (Fall 2005)
France’s Immigrant Problem—and Ours, by Victor Davis Hanson (Spring 2006)
Free to Use, by James Q. Wilson (Winter 2009/10)
All the Leaves Are Brown, by Steven F. Hayward (Winter 2008/09)
Is Health Care a Right? by Andrew E. Busch (Winter 2008/09)

Part VI: The Politics of Culture
Born American, But in the Wrong Place, by Peter W. Schramm (Fall 2006)
The Crisis of American National Identity, by Charles R. Kesler (Fall 2005)
The Debacle at Harvard, by Harvey C. Mansfield (Spring 2006)
The Education Mill, by Richard Vedder (Spring 2009)
Wimps and Barbarians, by Terrence O. Moore (Winter 2003/04)
Against the Virtual Life, by Joseph Epstein (Summer 2009)
A Dance to the (Disco) Music of Time, by John Derbyshire (Spring 2004)
The Three Rings, by Jaroslav Pelikan (Fall 2004)

Part VII: Arts, Literature, and Leisure
Building Democracy, by Hadley Arkes (Summer 2007)
Pith and Pen, by Joseph Tartakovsky (Summer 2007)
Man of Letters, by James G. Basker (Summer 2006)
Larry McMurtry and the American West, by Douglas A. Jeffrey (Spring 2007)
The Genius of Old New York, by Cheryl Miller (Fall 2007)
Aryan Sister, by Algis Valiunas (Fall 2007)
Is There Intelligent Life on Television, by Paul A. Cantor (Fall 2008)
Music, Philosophy, and Generation Y, by Martha Bayles (Fall 2000)
Macbeth and the Moral Universe, by Harry V. Jaffa (Winter 2007/08)

List of Contributors

For lovers of conservatism, books, or both, this journal is a must.
National Review

An excellent sampling of the CRB’s first decade.
The Weekly Standard

[This book], like the magazine, shines on its literary quality alone.
Claremont Review of Books

A life in journalism, and in Washington, has taught me three things. First, not only do ideas have consequences, only ideas have large and lasting consequences. Second, books are still the primary carriers of ideas. Third, the Claremont Review of Books offers invaluable reflections on the most thoughtful books about politics.
George Will, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Full of splendid essays and reviews—well written, based on deep scholarly knowledge, raising issues of lasting importance. I read it cover to cover.
Michael Barone, senior political analyst, Washington Examiner, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute, co-author, The Almanac of American Politics

One of the best and most intelligent things to happen to the conservative movement.
William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, author of The Book of Virtues

Invaluable, entertaining, and educational all at the same time.
Jonah Goldberg, syndicated columnist and editor-at-large, National Review Online

In my judgment, the best review of books in America. It's also simply one of the best periodicals in America. I read each issue eagerly and attentively—with both pleasure and profit.
William Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard

By far the best review of books around, both in its choice of books and topics and in its treating them in depth, in style, and—most unusual of all—with real thought, instead of politically correct rhetoric.
Thomas Sowell, Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

An indispensable publication. Every issue is full of original perspectives on the big questions to the small corners of life that illuminate them.
Mark Steyn, author, After America

• Presents a representative selection of the CRB’s finest book reviews and essays, crystallized around seven broad themes of its engagement with the world over the past decade: the problem of liberalism, the nature of conservatism, the “war on terror,” current political and social controversies, the possibilities of statesmanship, the politics of culture, and artistic grandeur and decadence.