Book reviews from the writers and editors of Current
REVIEW: Tangled Webs
The deceptions that followed Ukraine’s nuclear disarmament have raised the level of threat
REVIEW: Purity Culture and Toxic Masculinity
It’s time to rethink the virtue of chastity
REVIEW: Still More Reasons to Be Grateful for Immigrants
Parents who come from someplace else have a lot to teach everyone else
REVIEW: So Many Angles
In Our America, Ken Burns keeps the pictures still—and just as piercing
REVIEW: Beginning with Birth
What if natality—rather than mortality—had the last word?
ROUNDTABLE: Natality: Toward a Philosophy of Birth
Jennifer Banks’ book opens pathways and unveils vistas
REVIEW: A Focused Gaze on Words
Suspicion of a text is easy. Trusting is hard.
REVIEW: Ignorance Is Bliss?
Choose what you know wisely
REVIEW: The Free Speech Conundrum
If neutrality regarding speech is impossible, how do we settle our disputes about it?
REVIEW: The Middle Children of History
Do you think ChatGPT can write a novel? Read this book.
REVIEW: The Genesis of Gender
In Abigail Favale’s view, our wholeness as individuals and communities is at stake
REVIEW: Faith and Transcendence in Fiction
The World Cannot Give shows us Gen Z through a decidedly religious lens
REVIEW: A Man for the Age of Tech Tycoons
The life of Crassus is worth remembering—especially on the ides of March
REVIEW: Evangelicals + Celebrity = ?
Katelyn Beaty’s book makes this much clear: It’s a codependent love
REVIEW: “Nana Really Wants Me to Do This”
In Seventy Times Seven, mercy, pain, and justice meet in unanticipated ways
REVIEW: Decency Doesn’t Stop at the Border
Timely reflections for the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
REVIEW: What Would Adam Smith Do?
There may be no satisfying answer to this question, says Glory Liu
REVIEW: Smashing Statues
Unintended consequences threaten ongoing harm
REVIEW: Destination, Berlin
A new biography of Hilma af Klint forces a question: What is the purpose of art?
REVIEW: The Burnout Challenge
You are not the (only) problem
REVIEW: On the Flattening of Jim Crow History
A Marxist political scientist, and a member of the last generation to experience segregation, tells his story
REVIEW: What Hath Law to Do with Democracy?
In de Dijn’s history of freedom, the relationship is not entirely clear
REVIEW: What Went Wrong with American Motherhood
If you can’t “have it all,” what can you have?
REVIEW: Religious War and Religious Peace
What if religion is not responsible for religious wars?
REVIEW: Out There with a Lantern
Cormac McCarthy inspires a consequential question: What is the worth of holy awe?
REVIEW: Bono, Christian Neoliberal (but also, perhaps, a little bit more)
If Bono is a picture of our moment, he’s also used his faith to shape it
REVIEW: Stegner in California
Even amid insufferable striving, community asserts itself
REVIEW: Who’ll Rock that Cradle?
Only a heart properly broken can bear the weight of a world at war
REVIEW: Listening to Old Voices
Berry’s late stories sing of gratitude and grace
REVIEW: Pomo Prez
Narcissism really isn’t that complicated. But its effects are.
REVIEW: A Winner’s History of the Catholic Church
John McGreevy’s story calls into question the future of the Church itself
In the midst of our knowledge crisis, Bonnie Kristian offers no easy answers
REVIEW: The Need to Be Whole
Wendell Berry’s long ramble of a book is cause for celebration
REVIEW: Agrarian Spirit
Our plight and our salvation are one
REVIEW: After Philosophy
Alasdair MacIntyre exposed the failings of the liberal tradition. Do we dare remember?
REVIEW: Pilgrims Who Did More than Survive in A Strange Land
Centuries in, the tension between Catholic ideals and the American experience remains taut and troubled
REVIEW: How’s that Post-Christian Thing Goin’ for Ya?
The admonition “Be careful what you wish for” turns out to have sound historical backing
REVIEW: One Cheer for Purdy
Jedidiah Purdy’s call for more self-governance raises a question: How far can better policy take us?
REVIEW: Creativity Calls for More Than a Room of One’s Own
Julie Phillips imagines the possibility of creative work and family life combined