Book Review

Strategic Christians

The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis
by Alan Jacobs

Oxford University Press, 2018
(256 pages, $29.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Jesse Russell

In January 2004, as the guerilla insurgency began to engulf the fragile peace achieved following the early stages of the Iraq War, a group of Christian figures, including Catholic journalist and papal biographer George Weigel, Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon, and Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, editor-in-chief of First Things, met with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office. A famous photograph of the meeting shows a relaxed Commander-in-Chief speaking affectionately with "Fr. Richard" as Weigel and Glendon look on . . .

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Jesse Russell is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia Southwestern State University. He has published on literary theory, semiotics, and politics, and is at work on a book that explores Neo-Platonic magic in the work of Edmund Spenser. He is a Roman Catholic.

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