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Summer Reading II

Jul 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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We know the first book on your summer reading list: Vic Matus’s Vodka (see above). We know what the second item will surely be: Daniel Halper’s Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, due to be published in just a few weeks, and about which we’ll have more to say then.

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But what to read in between Matus and Halper? The Scrapbook heartily recommends two fat and fascinating issues of two of our favorite quarterly journals, National Affairs and the Claremont Review of Books.

The Summer 2014 National Affairs features the usual assortment of thoughtful public policy articles on a variety of topics, including federalism (by Richard Epstein and Mario Loyola), affirmative action (Peter Schuck), and retirement (Andrew Biggs and Sylvester Schieber). We particularly enjoyed an essay by one of our favorite contemporary writers, contributing editor Matthew Continetti, on one of our favorite all-time writers, Irving Kristol. Continetti considers “The Theological Politics of Irving Kristol,” and shows that many of his “big and important and significant ideas,” on topics ranging from capitalism to nihilism to the welfare state, “reveal Kristol to be a sort of theologian—a writer whose deep interest in religious matters informed his cultural and political criticism.” Read the whole article, and buy the whole issue, at nationalaffairs.com.

And then turn to the Spring issue of the Claremont Review (take a look online at claremont.org). We won’t pick a favorite there—how could we, when you’d have to choose between Jeremy Rabkin, Christopher Caldwell, William Voegeli, Steven Hayward, and other favorite writers of ours? But between CRB’s 74 outsized pages, and NA’s 183 pages, you’ll have plenty of fine writing and informative argumentation to feast on for the next few weeks .  .  . or months.

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