Magazine April 3, 2017, Issue

At Sea in the Sixties

All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s, by J. Harvie Wilkinson III (Encounter, 208 pp., $23.99)

‘I have gambled in making this a personal tale,” observes J. Harvie Wilkinson III at the outset of his new book. Yet the exact wager placed in this literary gamble, its attendant odds and stakes, are never fully articulated in this heartfelt, often touching reflection by a renowned federal appellate-court judge raised in post-war Richmond, Va. Unfortunately, only by understanding the mechanics of Wilkinson’s gamble can we evaluate his argument — judge the judge, as it were.

The author does allow that because he is a “white, Protestant, southern, and distinctly privileged male,” he is “perhaps the very last person who

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James Rosen — Mr. Rosen is a reporter for Sinclair Broadcast Group and the editor of A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century (2016), an anthology of essays by William F. Buckley Jr.

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

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Politics & Policy


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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Politics & Policy


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