Book Reviews

No Man's Land

Samet’s memoir has a bone to pick with American society and the Army itself—both, she believes, failed her former West Point cadets, soldiers who never returned.

In Paradise: A Novel

In Matthiessen's final book, a professor spends a week at Auschwitz with aggrieved Jews, guilt-ridden Christians, observant Buddhists, and analytical secularists.

Transformative Experience

If you can’t choose to have a child the way you choose dessert, how can you choose rationally? L.A. Paul reveals the problem of foresight and modern decision-making.

Herzl's Vision

Tracing the political thought of Israel's founding father, Shlomo Avineri reminds readers that the Zionism of Herzl's time is very different from Zionism today.

At Home in Exile

Alan Wolfe is pessimistic about the future of Canadian Jewry, but Tzvi Novick is pessimistic about Alan Wolfe's universalism.

Latino Pentecostals in America

Gastón Espinosa traces the birth and phenomenal growth of the Latino Pentecostal movement, from Los Angeles, California to Anytown, U.S.A.

A Damaging Institution

Two books on the American prison system: One about the role of religion on the inside, the other on what happens to former inmates on the outside.

How Jesus Became God

Bart Ehrman’s personal story of creedal captivity and academic liberation is a principal theme of his new book.

The Great Reformer

Through exposing Pope Francis's accomplishments, Ivereigh lovingly presents “the concrete Catholic thing” as something that has the power to create true solidarity.

Gay and Catholic

Tushnet's memoir illuminates a theology of friendship, the outward-looking call to love and serve, devotions to troubled saints, and a healthy anti-clericalism.

Ethics as a Work of Charity

How can it be true both that a person can be virtuous regardless of faith, and that faith is crucial for how we live? David Decosimo presents "prophetic Thomism."

Minding the Modern

In Pfau's account, when 13th century Franciscan theologian William of Ockham separated reason from will, it was the beginning of the modern evacuation of the self.