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A Saint for Our Times

From the November 1996 Print Edition

Augustine and the Limits of Politics By Jean Bethke Elshtain University of Notre Dame Press, 118 pages, $21.95 In this engaging series of meditations, Jean Bethke Elshtain makes a convincing case that Augustine of Hippo (354“430 a.d. ) is a saint for our times. Originally presented as a . . . . Continue Reading »

Lost in the Fifties

From the November 1995 Print Edition

The Lost City: Discovering the Forgotten Virtues of Neighborhood Life in the Chicago of the 1950s . By Alan Ehrenhalt. Basic Books. 299 pages, $23 . You have to give Alan Ehrenhalt, the editor of Governing magazine, credit for a lot of nerve. It’s one thing to take on the job of . . . . Continue Reading »

Villages and Virtues

From the October 1995 Print Edition

The Villagers: Changed Values, Altered Lives, the Closing of the Urban-Rural Gap. By Richard Critchfield. Anchor. 497 pages, $27.50 . In Good Hands: The Life of a Family Farm . By Charles Fish. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 229 pages, $21. Sitting in the British Museum, amidst a great, grimy, . . . . Continue Reading »

Traiders and Raiders

From the December 1993 Print Edition

Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics by Jane Jacobs Random House, 236 pages, $22 In her latest book, Jane Jacobs trains her genial, sparkling intelligence on a subject that is much neglected in our law-saturated society: the great webs of manners, . . . . Continue Reading »