Ian Buruma, Avishai Margalit. "Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies." Rashid Khalidi. "Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East"
John E. (Jack) Becker 10/01/2004
Should we have gone to war with Iraq? Having gone, were we at all prepared for the reception we got? What do we need to do when what we are doing seems to make no sense at all? We need what these two books, each in its own forceful and impo…
David Sloan Wilson, "Darwin's Cathedral"
12/08/2003
John E. (Jack) Becker
Andrew Bacevich, "American Empire," Amy Chua, "World on Fire"
John E. (Jack) Becker 11/03/2003
Bacevich argues that America is an empire on the basis of the events of recent decades. His narrative argument is nicely complemented by Chua’s thoughtful evidence of the impossible task confronting an American imperium. The satisfying cl…
Roger Scruton, "The West and the Rest"
10/01/2003
John E. (Jack) Becker
Jonathan Bate, "The Song of the Earth," Lawrence Buell, "Writing for an Endangered World"
John E. (Jack) Becker 09/01/2003
Is there an environmental role for nature writing whose aim is primarily esthetic? Is there a role, in other words, for esthetic experience in the life of a dedicated environmentalist? The difference I see between the two books under review…
Philip Kitcher, "Science, Truth, and Democracy"
12/02/2002
John E. (Jack) Becker
Paul Woodruff, "Reverence"
11/01/2002
John E. (Jack) Becker
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