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The Tyranny of Liberalism (review)

I just ran into another review of my book The Tyranny of Liberalism, this one by a blogger.

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New review

A Catholic blogger reviews my book Against Inclusiveness.

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Today’s totalitarians

Thomas Bertonneau has a review of Against Inclusiveness up at The University Bookman that deals with a variety of themes in the book that others haven’t much touched on.

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Notes for revolutionaries

Jared Taylor has a lengthy and very favorable review up of my most recent book: “Against Inclusiveness, by independent scholar James Kalb, is one of the most quietly subversive books to be published in many years.”

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More reviews

There have been a couple more reviews by bloggers of my new book Against Inclusiveness, one by Kidist Asrat at her site Reclaiming Beauty and one by Jeff Culbreath at the group blog What’s Wrong with the World.

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Against Inclusiveness now available as an e-book

My new book is now available in the Kindle and Nook formats.

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My new book gets reviewed

I get my first review, at Catholic World Report, from someone other than an individual blogger. The review, by Jerry Salyer, starts off with an interesting quote from an instruction on liberation theology by then-Cardinal Ratzinger.

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Review of Against Inclusiveness

Bruce Charlton is first off here.

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Another review

There’s another review of my book, this one by Brett Stevens at the Amerika weblog.

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Alas, no panel at the convention ...

Another recommendation for my book, this one from the president of the Modern Language Association: “a book that gets right to the core of the matter: immanent tyrannical elements in the political philosophy that first challenged tyranny” (it’s in the next-to-last paragraph on the linked page). The review Berman refers to is unfortunately not available for free online.

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A couple more plugs for my book

They’re just side comments, but if you haven’t bought your copy yet you should consider what people are saying at Chronicles (“Mr. Kalb[’s] … wonderful book”) and The Thinking Housewife (“thoughtful and absorbing … absolutely engrossing … long shelf life”). So everybody’s talking about it! Do you want to be the only one left out?

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Rusty Reno's "resistance" review

R. R. Reno has a review of my book in the most recent Intercollegiate Review. He titles the review “Resistance Literature,” a phrase intended as high praise.

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Yet another review

Yet another review, this one by Carl Olson in Catholic World Report. It’s longer than average (two three-column pages) and quite favorable:

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The view from the Vox

A weblog “dedicated to the late Murray Rothbard” gives a detailed and very positive review of my book, calling it “provocative and profound,” and “a book I recommend to all” that “defends a traditional conservatism one can respect.”

The blogger, of course, is a libertarian. The biggest difference he can see between my views and his is that he believes it possible and desirable to do without the state, while I do not. I don’t discuss the point in the book, and emphasize the need to reduce the role of the state, but he’s right.

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The view from Rockford

There’s another review of my book, this one in the August Chronicles (not yet online). It’s short (2/3 page) but lavish in its praise (“Savor that felicitous prose … Rejoice that another voice has been added … “). The author is the Rev. Lloyd E. Gross, a retired Lutheran pastor (Missouri Synod).

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Yet another review

It’s another brief one, this time in New Oxford Review.

Incidentally, the paperback version is sold out and the hardbound version is running low. I’m told a new printing of the paperbound is being scheduled but the hardbound will not be reprinted. So get yours fast!

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Another voice

Susan McWilliams, a political scientist and Front Porch Republic contributor, has a slightly belated contribution to the symposium on my book up at First Principles. She praises the book highly from a generally liberal perspective as an attempt to get beyond the dichotomies of today’s politics by looking at basic questions.

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Another review

My book got a brief notice in (as it happens) the “Briefly Noted” section of First Things (scroll down the page). It’s basically a zippy little precis by a very recent Princeton graduate they have now, Stefan McDaniel. To cut a precis down to a blurb, Mr. McD tells his readers that:
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Symposiasts and tyrannical liberals

First Principles, the ISI online journal, has a symposium on my book The Tyranny of Liberalism with positive reviews by Paul Gottfried and James Matthew Wilson, and a not-so-positive one by

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Rod's on my staff

And that comforts me. (The title of this entry isn’t literally true, but Rod Dreher does say my book is “a blockbuster that belongs on the shelves of any thinking conservative who wants to understand where we are today, and where we are going.”)

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