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Faces of Clio
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Faces of Clio

From the October 1986 issue of Chronicles.

“The obscurest epoch is today.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Taken together, these three books serve nicely as a kind of group portrait of Clio and her several faces. In reverse order we have the

The Present Age and the State of Community
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The Present Age and the State of Community

From the June 1988 issue of Chronicles.

The Present Age begins with the First World War, the Great War as it is deservedly still known. No war ever began more jubilantly, among all classes and generations, the last including the

Our Stumbling Giant
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Our Stumbling Giant

Whatever the number of pluses in the portrait of Reagan that is beginning to take shape in the final months of his two-term presidency, there will be minuses also, and most of these will stem from his conduct of foreign

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The Present Age and the State of Community

The Present Age begins with the First World War, the Great War as it is deservedly still known. No war ever began more jubilantly, among all classes and generations, the last including the young generation that had to fight it.

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Best Western Civ

“Sic omnia fatis in peius ruere ac retro sublapsa referre.”
(All mortal things are subject to decay.)
—Vergil

This is a handsome book in all pertinent respects. It is stately of subject, nicely written, well-edited, and eye-winning in cover—especially the

Faces of Clio
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Faces of Clio

“The obscurest epoch is today.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Taken together, these three books serve nicely as a kind of group portrait of Clio and her several faces. In reverse order we have the historian as diarist and memoirist, as documentarian,

The Most Unbelievable Thing
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The Most Unbelievable Thing

The following is the text of Professor Nisbet’s speech at the 1985 Ingersoll Prizes Awards Banquet:

One of Hans Christian Andersen’s lesser-known stories bears the title “The Most Unbelievable Thing.” A king offered a fortune to the subject who created