The American Conservative

The American Conservative: The Magazine for Thinking Conservatives is published by The American Conservative. This magazine focuses on Social and Political issues in all aspects of morality and conservatism.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 6, March 26

All That Glitters
[Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction, Jake Halpern, Houghton Mifflin, 226 pages]All that GlittersIN HIS BOOK Fame Junkies, Jake Halpern offers a consistently well researched and at times breathtakingly Felliniesque portrait...
Auditioning Reagans
The GOP presidential contenders make their case for the Right's affection.AS CONSERVATIVE movement hands-old survivors and college Republicans-registered at the Conservative Political Action Conference, it was clear that Mitt Romney had turned this annual...
Band of Brothers
American troops fight less for democracy than for the men next to them.MOSUL, IRAQ-"That's a day I'll never forget," Private First Class Addis says slowly, gently rubbing his M16 rifle.Three weeks ago, when driving through Mosul, the second largest city...
Beg Pardon
Conservatives fall over themselves to defend the fall guy.NO SOONER HAD THE VERDICT in the trial of Scooter Libby been announced than the cry went up from the neocons: "Pardon him!" In a National Review editorial that made little reference to the parade...
Diary of a Mad Man
Holden Caulfield, the first alienated preppiePIECES OF WHAT became J.D. Salinger's first novel appeared in The New Yorker in the late 1940s, and the completed The Catcher in the Rye lurched into the American imagination in 1951. The narrator is a smart,...
Forum
THREE CHEERS TWICEI must congratulate you on an exceptional edition (Feb. 26). Michael Vlahos's "The Fall of Modernity" and Patrick McNamara's "The God Gene" are by themselves worth a year's subscription.JOSE R. PARDINAS, Ph.D.San Diego, Calif.A JOKING...
Founders, Strivers, and Slackers
[Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families, Noemie Emery, John Wiley & Sons, 246 pages]Founders, Strivers, and SlackersONE COULD BE FORGIVEN, after reading this engrossing book, for wondering whether it's better to be born the...
Jim Webb vs. the Decider
A year ago, pressed as to why he retained Rumsfeld when the war was going badly and most had lost confidence in him, President Bush famously retorted, "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best."For six years, Bush has been "the decider." And though...
Leading Men
Hollywood icons begged to serve in a better war.IMAGINE THIS: Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt quit Hollywood and enlist in the Armed Forces as privates to fight for Uncle Sam. Inconceivable. But that is exactly what Jimmy Stewart, Tyrone Power,...
Obama's Identity Crisis
Although he presents himself as a healer of differences, the presidential candidate's own racial struggle paints a conflicted portrait.WHEN CHARLES DE GAULLE paid his first visit to embattled French Algeria after taking power in 1958, he stepped up to...
Own and Be Free
[Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government, Charles Fried, W.W. Norton, 217 pages]Own and Be FreeCHARLES FRIED is unusually well qualified to write about liberty. He is not only a distinguished lawyer who has taught at Harvard for 35 years and served...
Sizing Up Suitors
This is a grim time for those of us who would like to see team America do well. We are tied in Afghanistan, but we've been playing defense and have been pushed back to our own 20-yard line since the start of the second half. In Iraq, we are two touchdowns...
The Scourge of Slavery
FILM[Amazing Grace]The Scourge of SlaverySINCE 1991, conservative film critic Michael Medved has been pointing out that R-rated films do worse at the box office on average than family fare, but Hollywood keeps making more R-rated films than financial...
To Russia with Realism
[bear baiting]The White House senselessly risks a new Cold War.AS IF THE U.S. did not have enough on its plate, the latest strongly anti-American statements of President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials suggest the possibility of a new Cold...