This morning we conclude our preview of the new (Soring) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Thanks to our friends at the Claremont Institute, I have read the new issue in galley to select three pieces to be submitted for the consideration of Power Line readers. As always, wanting to do right by the magazine and by our readers, I had a hard time choosing. You, however, can do your own choosing at the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 a year by clicking on the link above and accessing subscription services. At that price the CRB affords the most cost-effective political education available in the United States of America. Subscribe by clicking on Subscription Services at the link and get immediate online access thrown in for free.
Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels) is the retired psychiatrist who practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. He serves now as the Dietrich Weismann Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where he has had a long and fruitful relationship with City Journal as a contributing editor. He is also one of the most interesting essayists in the English speaking world. Everything he writes is worth reading.
In “Mobility and nobility” Dalrymple reviews what must be deemed last year’s book of the year, J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, along with Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash. As an expert in culture and the underclass, Dalrymple is the man to formulate the larger questions raised by Vance’s story. I commend his review to your attention.