Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

A Republic’s Agony

An aerial view of Paris, January 28, 2003. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)
For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus, by Frederick Brown (Knopf, 336 pp., $28.95)

The narrator of Anthony Powell’s novel The Kindly Ones mentions that, as young men, he and his friend Moreland “both had taken a passionate interest in the American Civil War and the Dreyfus Case, poring over pictures of those two very dissimilar historical events wherever their scenes and characters could be found illustrated.” The two events, despite sharing space among the half-dozen most interesting things that ever happened, would seem to have little in common. But they are not as dissimilar as they look. Frederick Brown, the great biographer of Zola and Flaubert, argues that the Dreyfus affair was itself

Christopher Caldwell — Mr. Caldwell is a contributing editor of the Claremont Review of Books and the author of The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties

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