Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Barone Review - Claremont Review of Books

"Band of Brothers," Michael Barone's review of A Nation Forged in War, is now available at the Claremont Review of Books.

My favorite part is the conclusion:

Bruscino leads off his story by recalling the Four Chaplains—Methodist, Dutch Reform, Catholic, Jewish—who in February 1943, when their ship was torpedoed, handed off their life jackets to sailors and then locked arms in prayer as their ship plunged into the North Atlantic. It's impossible to read this without tearing up, and without reflecting, as Bruscino urges us to do, on how their example helped to make this a better country. A better country in many ways, but one that now is past, and the past is always, in L.P. Hartley's phrase, another country. We are the lucky inheritors, three generations later, of a country strengthened rather than weakened by an experience of total war, strengthened materially, geopolitically and, as Bruscino tells us, culturally. But our duty is to take our country in different directions from those in which the wartime experience took postwar America.
Barone's review has been discussed by Arnold Kling at EconLog and Tim Kowal at Notes from Babel.

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