Category: Book Excerpts

An Excerpt from “Montaigne” by Pierre Manent

In Montaigne: Life without Law (August 2020), originally published in French in 2014 and now translated for the first time into English by Paul Seaton, Pierre Manent provides a careful reading of Montaigne’s three-volume work Essays. Although Montaigne’s writings resist easy analysis, Manent finds in them a subtle unity, and demonstrates the philosophical depth of Montaigne’s reflections […]

An Excerpt from “Head of the Mossad” by Shabtai Shavit

Shabtai Shavit, director of the Mossad from 1989 to 1996, is one of the most influential leaders to shape the recent history of the State of Israel. In this exciting and engaging book, Shavit combines memoir with sober reflection to reveal what happened during the seven years he led what is widely recognized today as […]

An Excerpt from “The University of Notre Dame: A History” by Thomas E. Blantz C.S.C.

Thomas Blantz’s monumental The University of Notre Dame: A History tells the story of the renowned Catholic university’s growth and development from a primitive grade school and high school founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross in the wilds of northern Indiana to the acclaimed undergraduate and research institution it became by the early twenty-first […]

An Excerpt from “No Bridges Blown” by William B. Dreux

When William B. Dreux parachuted into France in 1944, the OSS infantry officer had cinematic visions of blood-and-guts heroics, of leading the French Maquis resistance forces in daring missions to blow up key bridges and delay the German advance. This isn’t the glamorized screen-ready account he expected; this is the real story. No Bridges Blown is […]

An Excerpt from “Jesuit Kaddish” by James Bernauer, S.J.

While much has been written about the Catholic Church and the Holocaust, little has been published about the hostile role of priests, in particular Jesuits, toward Jews and Judaism. Jesuit Kaddish: Jesuits, Jews, and Holocaust Remembrance is a long overdue study that looks at Jesuit hostility toward Judaism before the Shoah, and then examines the […]

An Excerpt from “Muhammad Reconsidered” by Anna Bonta Moreland

Anna Bonta Moreland’s new study, Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy, has been called “an illuminating and powerfully argued book [that] is essential reading for anyone concerned about how Catholic Christians should engage with their Muslim neighbors,” by Alasdair MacIntyre. The book is not only a constructive contribution to Catholic theology but also has […]

An Excerpt from “Paleolithic Politics” by Barry Cooper

New in April 2020, Paleolithic Politics: The Human Community in Early Art demonstrates the political significance of the earliest expressions of human existence and is among the first books to argue that political life began 25,000 years before the Greeks. From the conclusion: It is no doubt correct to start from the position that, if […]