CRB: When the going was good

This morning we continue our preview of the new 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.

Several reviews in the new issue address economic themes. Among them are reviews by Robert Samuelson, Richard Vedder, Irwin Stelzer and Michael Barone. They’re all good. Barone’s review is especially good as it takes up the postwar economic boom in “When the going was good.” Here is the first paragraph:

The era you’re nostalgic for says something about the era in which you live. The years that are the object of nostalgia must be close enough to be within living memory of at least some still articulate members of society but distant enough to be burnished by the patina of age. The America that people are nostalgic for now, to judge from political rhetoric, is the America of the postwar years—although in speaking to young audiences lately I have considered myself obliged to state what war those years were post.

Like Michael Barone, the CRB is strong on history too.


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