In Print: Ron Paul, Bill Kauffman, and Ralph Adams Cram

The 4/21 issue of The American Conservative, which should be showing up in bookstores and subscribers’ mailboxes right about now, contains my article “The Ron Paul Evolution,” on the future of the Ron Paul movement — already there are candidates, a youth organization, and nonprofit ventures rising out of the Paul phenomenon, and there’s much more to come. I relate a few of my own experiences with the campaign in the piece, too. Hunt down a copy.

The next issue of the mag, out in about two weeks, should contain my review of Bill Kauffman’s terrific new book Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism. The book is every bit as good as you would expect from the Sage of Batavia–and even better. If you need any convincing, just check out my review.

Gerald Russello, the editor extraordinaire of the University Bookman tells me that my review of Douglass Shand-Tucci’s recent biography of Ralph Adams Cram is in the current issue of that venerable (and Russell Kirk-founded) quarterly. It’s on-line here, but I’d recommend tracking down a print copy as well — or better yet, subscribing. Under Russello’s able editorship, the Bookman has gone from being a neglected cousin of Modern Age to becoming essential reading.

(The revivified Bookman is hardly Russello’s only notable achievement in recent years: he’s also the author of The Postmodern Imagination of Russell Kirk, which I reviewed for Reason a while back.)

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2 thoughts on “In Print: Ron Paul, Bill Kauffman, and Ralph Adams Cram

  1. Brent Burk April 21, 2008 / 12:43 am

    Awesome. Question: Will you read Ron Paul’s new book, The Revolution: A Manifesto? I’ve heard good things about it. Would like to know what someone like you (bookworm, scholar of the American Right) thinks of it compared to other great books (like a Conscience of a Conservative).

    Also, I think I already asked this, but should I read a different Goldwater book besides Pure Goldwater first? Or does his journals read like a biography itself?

  2. Daniel McCarthy April 21, 2008 / 12:49 am

    The journals reprinted in Pure Goldwater aren’t a good substitute for a biography, unfortunately. You don’t have to read a biography first, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea. There are Goldwater biographies by Lee Edwards, Alan Goldberg, and Goldwater himself (co-written with Jack Cashill). All three are pretty good. Rick Perlstein’s Before the Storm is also recommended, but it’s just bout the ’64 campaign.

    I’ll write up a full article on The Revolution: A Manifesto within the next week or so.

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