Magazine March 19, 2018, Issue

Excellent Eastwood

(Roman Genn)
A great director gives American heroes their due.

‘Old soldiers never die; they just fade away,” said General Douglas MacArthur, but what about old directors? In the fall of 2016, as the presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton raged on, I caught up with the latest film of one such director, a man who at that point had been perched behind cameras for some 45 years: Clint Eastwood.

On the strength of such spare, sinewy masterpieces of action as Pale Rider (1985), Unforgiven (1992), and A Perfect World (1993) — as well as the gentle, good-natured character studies in Breezy (1973) and Bronco Billy (1980) — Clint

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Peter Tonguette — Mr. Tonguette writes about the arts for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, The American Conservative, and other publications.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Seizing the Future

Arthur Herman reviews The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World, by Charles C. Mann.




Rejecting Despair While admitting that William F. Buckley Jr. himself would probably have a more optimistic take, Richard Brookhiser writes: “The conservative movement is no more. Its destroyers are Donald Trump ...
The Week

The Week

• We don’t even want public-school teachers teaching our kids. • Historically, the National Rifle Association has derived its political power from two sources. The first is the broad popularity of ...


Sometimes the frost comes early when it might have held its crystallizing of the leaves.
Happy Warrior

Brushing Alone

Your views on Delta Airlines and Hertz rental cars now correspond to how compelling you found the cable-news appearances of a survivor of the Parkland school shooting.


The Latest

The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

It's now certain that the U.S. government misled the public about the kind of research that the U.S. taxpayers were indirectly funding in China.