Magazine February 5, 2018, Issue

More than Ideology

Donald T. Critchlow
Republican Character: From Nixon to Reagan, by Donald Critchlow (University of Pennsylvania, 192 pp., $34.95)

Donald Critchlow has written a book called “Republican Character” at a time when the phrase sounds almost loaded. A year into Donald Trump’s presidency, the topic of his perceived character defects and what voters ought to make of them has been endlessly canvassed. Happily, Critchlow, a professor at Arizona State University, is a political historian, not a pundit, and his slim volume is not an entry in that debate (though it is far from irrelevant to it). It is a compact and illuminating history of four Republicans who pursued the presidency in the latter half of the 20th century: Richard

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For What It’s Worth President Trump’s comment on the pricing of the United States Post Office (discussed in the Week, January 22) is based on a common misconception of what constitutes ...
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‐ We thought Cory Booker might be after the Democratic nomination in 2020, but apparently he’s campaigning for an Oscar. ‐ Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury has enraged both Trump loyalists ...
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DISASTER RELIEF Three cuts I’ve gotten from the box knife’s blade, and needlessly I wonder — will they heal? as we remove debris for those who stayed. My last guess in the word game ...

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