Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge with Daniel Hannan

I’d never heard of Daniel Hannan before I saw a brief interview with him on Fox News last year. In the face of the government juggernaut led by President Obama, Hannan encouraged Americans to stand up and be Americans. Hannan had caught the attention of Fox News because his video takedown of Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the European Parliament — of which he is a Conservative member — had »

Uncommon Knowledge with Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the prominent classicist and military historian who is the author of numerous brilliant books including The Western Way of War: Infantry Battles in Classical Greece, The Soul of Battle: From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny, Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and the Spartans Fought the »

Uncommon Knowledge with Claire Berlinski

Claire Berlinkski is the author of the entertaining novels Loose Lips and Lion Eyes. She is also the author of serious nonfiction including Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Growing Crisis is America’s Too and, most recently, the inspirational and timely There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters. The publication of her most recent book in paperback provided the occasion for her to sit down for an interview with »

Uncommon Knowledge with Harvey Mansfield

Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., professor of government at Harvard University, with which he has been affiliated since he matriculated as an undergraduate in 1949. Professor Mansfield is a distinguished teacher of political philosophy. He is the author of many fine books including Manliness and, most recently, Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction. In A Student’s Guide to Political Philosophy, Professor Mansfield writes:”Political philosophy is found in »

Uncommon Knowledge with Haley Barbour

Haley Barbour is the Governor of Mississippi, now serving his second (and final) term in office. Governor Barbour distinguished himself for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Earlier this week, Ellen Ratner saluted Governor Barbour as one of the heroes of Katrina. “I’ve been around politicians for 19 years as a reporter,” Ratner wrote, “and Barbour is a master of being totally present to his citizens. It is »

Uncommon Knowledge with Thomas Sowell

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell is a remarkable man who has produced a distinguished body of work over a long career. I tumbled to Sowell through a hilariously derisive book review he had written for Commentary in 1975 on one of John Kenneth Galbraith’s books. Since then I have discovered that many friends and acquaintances have found Sowell’s books and columns to be a source of inspiration and enlightenment. His »

Uncommon Knowledge with Michael Barone

Michael Barone is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and co-author of the biennial Almanac of American Politics, now nearing its fortieth anniversary and available online. Mr. Barone is the author of several other books, among them the political history Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan (referred to in the interview below) as well as Our First »

Uncommon Knowledge with Charles Hill

Not so long ago, and for a very long time, great literature was the school of statesmen. Yale Professor Charles Hill recaptures the tradition in Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order, just published by Yale University Press. Professor Hill spent an incredibly distinguished career in the foreign service and in the State Department, where he rose to chief of staff. Among Professor Hill’s awards are the Superior Honor Award »