Bench Memos

NRO invades CRB

The new Claremont Review of Books is out (and now fully accessible online to subscribers), and five of the pieces in this issue are by familiar NRO names: articles by Victor Davis Hanson and Stanley Kurtz, and reviews by Jonah Goldberg, Ramesh Ponnuru, and yours truly.  My review is in the “consider this a lump of coal in your stocking” category.

Matthew J. Franck — Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

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