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The Truth About Leo Strauss: Political Philosophy and American Democracy
by Catherine and Michael Zuckert
University of Chicago Press, 2006
(320 pages, $32.50, hardcover)

reviewed by Michael P. Foley

Leo Strauss is not a household name among Christians, nor is it likely to be anytime soon. A professor of political philosophy at the University of Chicago who died in 1973, Strauss was a quiet and agnostic German Jewish émigré who was not well known during his lifetime or shortly thereafter.

This changed somewhat in 2003 due to a rash of much-publicized and, as it turns out, spurious claims that Strauss was the “godfather” of neoconservatism and the posthumous mastermind behind the Bush administration’s foreign policy, but . . .

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Michael P. Foley is an associate professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Christianity (Regnery, 2017).

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