Books

Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (1)

Featured image Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He is a distinguished scholar of legal history and the author, most recently, of Is Administrative Law Unlawful? Professor Hamburger gave us his take on the book here. My take is that it is the most important book I have read in a long time. Professor Hamburger argues that administrative law is unlawful, unconstitutional and »

Is administrative law unlawful? A word from the author

Featured image Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He is a distinguished scholar of legal history and the author, most recently, of Is Administrative Law Unlawful? It is the most important book I have read in a long time. I think this will be the first post in a series that will feature the book. Here I have invited Professor Hamburger to preview »

Camp of the Saints, 2014 style

Featured image Given the crush of news, NRO is overloaded with good stuff today. At NRO our friend Mac Owens has followed up on my “Camp of the Saints revisited” with what NRO calls “Camp of the Saints, 2014 style?” Mac’s column is already far down the NRO home page and hard to find unless you go looking for it. I want to draw it to your attention. As Mac explores the »

The NAS invites you

Featured image Our friends at the National Association of Scholars write to alert us that this is the last day of NAS’s write-your-own-trigger-warnings contest. Readers of the Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, the Daily Caller, and College Insurrection have been submitting entries. The NAS would love to have Power Line readers get in on the fun. You are cordially invited: What do you wish you knew about a book before you were »

CRB: Mucking around

Featured image We welcome the publication of the Spring issue of the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here) this week. In keeping with custom our friends at the Claremont Institute have allowed us to preview three pieces I chose for our readers. We began on Monday with CRB senior editor William Voegeli’s essay “The Redskins and Their Offense.” Yesterday we highlighted “Whistleblowers and traitors,” Hudson Institute senior fellow Gabriel Schoenfeld’s review of »

CRB: Whistleblowers and traitors

Featured image The recent disclosure of government secrets by Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning has brought to the fore difficult questions of accountability and effectiveness in the executive branch. The problem is easy enough to state: national security requires that certain information be kept from our enemies, but who is to decide which information is properly kept secret, and which in the public’s interest to have disclosed? Those who are required to »

A Not So Happy Birthday

Featured image Yesterday Google disdained offering a special banner for Memorial Day.  Today they compound this insult with a banner marking the birthday of Rachel Carson, author of the deeply wrong Silent Spring.  Few books since Das Kapital have done more damage to humans—especially poor children in Africa—than Silent Spring, and yet she—and her dreadful book—continues to be honored by the Left.  (We gave Carson a posthumous Green Weenie Award back in »

Book Notes

Featured image Two of Power Line’s best friends and favorite authors have brand new books out, and both were reviewed in the Wall Street Journal in recent days.  First, Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute is out with Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper, which we previewed in the video below last summer.  Along with Mark Mills and Peter Grossman, Robert is my rabbi on all things energy.  Another pal of ours, Arthur »

More Picking on Piketty

Featured image As John notes below, Thomas Piketty’s empirical work appears to be unraveling, and if not in fact fraudulently manipulated, it is at least highly contestable.  The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson wonders, where was Harvard University Press?  The answer is disconcerting: the book is simply making Harvard University Press too much money for them to care about accuracy.  Maybe Piketty should just re-render his findings in the shape of a hockey stick »

Was Greenwald justified?

Featured image The case of Edward Snowden is important in more ways than one. He has massively violated the espionage laws of the United States and done great damage to our national security. Glenn Greenwald has been one of Snowden’s most prominent journalistic conduits and in my view shares Snowden’s culpability for the violation of the espionage laws. I made this case in principle when James Risen and the New York Times »

Gabriel Kolko, RIP

Featured image About 10 days back I flagged for a pick Ron Radosh’s obituary of Martin Sklar, a Marxist-inspired historian whose works on the rise of the regulatory state in the late 19th century were ironically popular with conservatives and libertarians.  Funny thing about some Marxists; they often stumbled across the truth, but, to borrow Churchill’s line about Stanley Baldwin, dusted themselves off and carried on as though nothing had happened.  Actually »

Stephen Hunter: Sniper’s Honor

Featured image We are huge fans of Stephen Hunter. Steve is of course the novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning former film critic of the Washington Post. Of Steve, Glenn Reynolds concisely holds: “Love him, and his books.” Today is the official publication date of Steve’s incredibly timely Bob Lee Swagger thriller, Sniper’s Honor. Steve has graciously accepted our invitation to bring his new book to the attention of our readers from the perspective »

David Horowitz: Who are our adversaries?

Featured image I’ve known David Horowitz for more than 20 years, from the time he came through town with Peter Collier talking about their invaluable book Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties. As Jay Nordlinger has written, David was a leader of the New Left who became a leader of the fighting Reaganite Right: “He is a thinker and a doer, an intellectual and an activist. His mind ranges widely, and »

A word from Edmund Levin

Featured image Edmund Levin is the author of A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia – The Beilis Blood Libel, just published by Schocken Books. The book is about the 1913 trial in Kiev of the Russian Jewish factory worker Mendel Beilis on a charge of ritually murdering a Christian boy and draining his blood to make Passover matzo. Mr. Levin wrote the book as a labor of »

CRB: Digging up a new past

Featured image The new issue of the Claremont Review of Books that we have been featuring this week includes pieces by Charles Murray, Harvey Mansfield, Walter Russell Mead, John Bolton, Joseph Epstein, Michael Nelson, and many others. The new issue lives up to my billing of the CRB as providing a virtual education in politics with each issue, if a reader thinks through the implications of the arguments made in the issue’s »

CRB: Schoolmaster to the world

Featured image Was our twenty-eighth president nuts? Reviewing A. Scott Berg’s new biography of Woodrow Wilson in the just-released Winter edition of the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here for $19.95), Weekly Standard senior editor Christopher Caldwell finds little evidence to doubt it. That Wilson’s sanctimonious pabulum (“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”— shoot, strike that—”Sometimes people call me an idealist…well, that is the way I know I am an »

CRB: The High-Low Coalition

Featured image I am advised by those who should know that Thomas Sowell has declared the Claremont Review of Books to be the best book review around, by far. That may be proof three thousand and thirty-six that Dr. Sowell is a man of great taste and erudition. Subscribe here for the unreasonably low price of $19.95 and get immediate online access to the magazine thrown in for good measure. In keeping »