Magazine December 31, 2017, Issue

A Turn to Darkness

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1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder, by Arthur Herman (Harper, 496 pp., $29.99)

Arthur Herman, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, likes quirky. He has written inventively about how the Scots invented the modern world (a bold and catchy thesis); Gandhi versus Churchill; Plato versus Aristotle; and declinist thought in Western civilization. Now, in his latest work, he focuses on the seemingly improbable duo of Vladimir Lenin and Woodrow Wilson, who gave birth in 1917 to what Herman calls “the New World Disorder.”

The book — part narrative, part biography, and part argument — is the story of 1917, which saw the emergence of the United States as a great power and the

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