Book Reviews

Christ Actually

In James Carroll’s latest, Jesus actually—now as for the apostles—emerges from within the long, recurring history of Jewish persecution and bereavement.

Fields of Blood

Karen Armstrong challenges the idea that the relationship between religion and violent conflict is simple and direct.

The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio

Sexual misdeeds, false identities, cult worship, theft, and murder; If this astonishing tale were not true, it could be the work of an accomplished mystery writer.

Political Order and Political Decay

Francis Fukuyama's new book examines the rise and decline of the American political system in the broader history of democratic process, intelligently & enjoyably.

Teach Me to Be Generous

Written with the school’s cooperation, this history recounts the story of Regis High School warts-and-all, including the intrigues surrounding its founding.

Icons of Hope

John E. Thiel's theological writing has always combined poise and a sense of urgency, and this intricately argued treatise on eternal life is no exception.

The Arsonist

Sue Miller's new novel reminds us, if we needed reminding, of her remarkable achievement in fiction.

Scalia: A Court of One

A biography of the Supreme Court justice that offers us a better view of Scalia’s press clips than of Scalia himself.

Young Catholic America

The fact is: In this discouraging book, the future looks bad for just about every flavor of Catholic.

The News: A User's Manual

Alain de Botton highlights journalism’s function in shaping how we see and experience the world.

Accepting the Disaster

Almost every poem in Joshua Mehigan's collection contains a striking formal moment, where he uses meter or rhyme or line break to do something surprising.

Strange Glory

A rich and detailed account of Bonhoeffer’s immensely eventful life—the personal, intellectual, and spiritual journey that ended in a Nazi concentration camp.