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Three Not-So-Musty Must-Reads

Over the past six years in this column, I have presented and discussed many old books from many different times and places, and in each case I have striven to show the enduring relevance of these books for our own time. I've enjoyed immensely the opportunity to showcase authors and books and ideas I regard as instructive and important, but I have to confess that the selection process that lies behind each column has not always been an easy one.

There are scores, even hundreds, of books that I think are truly great books, books that have educated and transformed me and that I want to write about, yet have not been able to. Strangely, it often happens that while a book may be overflowing with...


received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He writes on education, politics, religion, and culture.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #46, Fall 2018 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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