Books Reviewed


Peter Clark, The English Alehouse, in Social History, 10(1)(1985): 107-109.


Margaret Jacob and James Jacob, The Origins of Anglo-American Radicalism, in Social History, 10(3)(1985): 393-395.


Laurie Taylor, In the Underworld, in Contemporary Crises, 9(4)(1985): 395-396.


Bayard Marin, Inside Justice, in Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 76(3)(1985): 786-788.


Pieter Spierenburg, The Spectacle of Suffering, in Social History, (1986).


Jeremy Black, The British and the Grand Tour, in Albion, 18(2)(1986): 279-80.


Giuseppe de Lutiis, Storia dei Servizi Segreti in Italia, in Intelligence and National Security, 2(1)(1987): 202-3.


James Q. Wilson and Edward Herrnstein, Crime and Human Nature, in Contemporary Crises, 10(1987): 329-335.


Elliott Leyton, Compulsive Killers in Journal of Criminal Justice, 16(2)(1988): 151-154.


David Howell, Patriarchs and Parasites, in Social History, 13(1)(1988): 94-96.


Stephen Yeazell, From Medieval Group Litigation to Modern Class Action, in Social History 14(2)(1989): 243-45.


Andrew Coleby, The Central Government and The Localities, in Albion, (1989): 628-29.


Ronald Holmes and James De Burger, Serial Murder, in Contemporary Crises, 13(2)(1989): 193-96.


David Papke, Framing the Criminal, in Criminal Justice History, 10(1989): 251-53.


Robert K. Ressler, et al., Sexual Homicide, in Journal of Criminal Justice, 18(2)(1990): 179-181.


Geoffrey R. Searle, Corruption in British Politics 1895-1930, in Chesterton Review, 16(3-4)(1990): 263-67.


Gary LaFree, Rape and Criminal Justice in Justice Quarterly, 7(3)(1990): 615-17.


J. Laplante, Prison et Ordre Social au Québec, in Crime, Law and Social Change, 15(1)(1991): 84-86.


C.W. Chalklin and J. R. Wordie, Town and Countryside, in Albion, 23(1)(1991): 130-132.


Steven A. Egger, ed., Serial Murder, in Justice Quarterly, 8(2)(1991): 263-266.


Rachel Ehrenfeld, Narco-Terrorism, in Crime, Law and Social Change, 16(3)(1991): 315-317.


Robert Hicks, In Pursuit of Satan, in Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 8(2)(1992): 172-174.


Michael Brake and Chris Hale, Public Order and Private Liberties, in Crime, Law and Social Change, 17(3)(1992): 279-281.


Samuel Walker, In Defense of American Liberties, in Justice Quarterly, 9(2)(1992): 343-346.


Hans Toch and Kenneth Adam, The Disturbed Violent Offender, in Journal of Criminal Justice, 20(1992): 487-488.


John Martin and Anne Romano, Multinational Crime, in International Criminal Justice Review, 2 (1992): 177-79.


David Levine and Keith Wrightson, The Making of an Industrial Society, in Albion (1992): 499-501.


P. A. O'Hare et al., eds, The Reduction of Drug-Related Harm, in Crime, Law and Social Change, 20(1) (1993): 77-79.


D. J. V. Jones, Crime in Nineteenth Century Wales, in Social History, 18(3)(1993): 411-413.


Staley, Drug Policy and the Decline of American Cities, in Chesterton Review (1993).


Ryland Wallace, Organize! Organize! Organize! Reform Agitations in Wales 1840-1886, in American Historical Review (April 1994): 563-564


Murphy, The Proletarian Movement, in Comparative Literature Studies, 31(1994): 195-198.


Ferdinand Mount, The Subversive Family, in Chesterton Review 20(1)(1994): 90-95.


The Oxford Sherlock Holmes, in Chesterton Review (1994).


Roger Hood, Race and Sentencing in Journal of Criminal Justice, 22(6)(1994): 577-578.


Richard Burt, Licensed by Authority, in Seventeenth Century News (1995).


Several recent books on Conversion and the Catholic Church in Chesterton Review, 21(3)(1995): 379-384.


Tim Pat Coogan: Eamonn De Valera, in Chesterton Review 21(4)(1995): 529-535


Christopher Lasch, The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, in Chronicles May (1995): 33-34.

Reprinted: this review was reprinted in Chesterton Review, 21(3)(1995): 412-14.


Miller and Funk, eds., The Complete Gospels, in Chronicles, July 1995: 33-34.


Jack Miles, God: A Biography, and Elaine Pagels, Origin of Satan in Chronicles, January 1996: 32-34.


Andie Tucher, Froth and Scum, in American Historical Review, April 1996: 562-63.


Debbie Nathan and Michael Snedeker, Satan’s Silence, in Chronicles, April 1996: 29-30.


I. Kramnick and R. L. Moore, The Godless Constitution, in Chronicles, May 1996: 25-26.


Gary Dorsey, Congregation, in Chesterton Review, 22(1-2)(1996): 155-158.


Erich Goode and Nachman Ben-Yehuda, Moral Panics, in Contemporary Sociology, 25(1)(1996): 99-100.


Elliott Leyton, Men of Blood, in Crime, Law and Social Change, 25(1)(1996): 102-4.


Glen Jeansonne, Women of the Far Right, in Pennsylvania History, 63(3)(1996): 499-501.


Robert A. Hill, The FBI’s RACON, in Crime, Law and Social Change, 25(1)(1996): 100-2.


Andrew Greeley, White Smoke, in Tidings (Los Angeles) July 19, 1996: 19.


Malachi Martin, Windswept House, in Tidings, August 2, 1996: 19.


Donald Warren, Radio Priest, in Tidings August 16, 1996: 19.


Kenneth S. Stern, A Force Upon the Plain, in Chronicles, August 1996: 30-31.


Colm Toibin, The Sign of the Cross, in Chesterton Review, 22(3)(1996): 359-362


Several recent books on Sexuality and Catholicism, (review article) Chesterton Review, 22(4)(1996): 520-25.


Robert A. Orsi, Thank You, St Jude, in Tidings (Los Angeles) October 25, 1996: 25


Benjamin R. Barber, Jihad vs. McWorld, in Tidings, November 15, 1996: 16.


Robert W. Funk, Honest to Jesus, in Tidings, December 6, 1996: 22.


Thomas C. Fox, Catholicism on the Web, in Tidings, February 21, 1997: 20.


Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem, in Chronicles, March 1997: 30-31.


Allan Young, The Harmony of Illusions, in American Historical Review 102(1997): 1267


Charles R. Morris, American Catholic, in Tidings, June 13, 1997: 22.


W. Anthony Gengarelly, Distinguished Dissenters, in Pennsylvania History 64(1)(1997): 138-40.


Marcus Borg, The God We Never Knew, in Tidings, July 25, 1997: 22-23.


Roger Lane, Murder in America, in Criminal Justice Review 22: 235-236.


Frances E. Dolan, Dangerous Familiars, in Seventeenth Century News 55(1-2)(1997): 10-11.


James W. Trent, Inventing the Feeble Mind, in Chesterton Review 23(3)(1997): 340-43.


Joel Dyer, Harvest of Rage, in Chronicles, September 1997: 38.


Richard McBrien, Lives of the Popes and Eamon Duffy, Saints and Sinners, both in Tidings (Los Angeles), November 14, 1997: 22-25.


Thomas C. Reeves, The Empty Church, in Chesterton Review, 23(4)(1997): 488-92.


Clive Emsley and Louis A. Knafla, Crime Histories and Histories of Crime, in International Criminal Justice Review, 7(1997): 142-43.


Glenn Wallach, Obedient Sons, in Chronicles, January 1998: 25-26.


Stefan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom, America in Black and White, in Chronicles, February 1998: 26-27.


Two biographies of Malcolm Muggeridge (respectively by Richard Ingrams and Gregory Wolfe) in Chesterton Review, 24(1-2)(1998): 120-123.


William Dalrymple, From the Holy Mountain, in Chesterton Review, 24(4)(1998): 493-96.


Thomas A. Tweed, ed., Retelling US Religious History, in Journal of American Ethnic History 18(4)(1999): 207-208


Robert Wuthnow, After Heaven, in H-AMREL, H-NET electronic discussion group, November 1998.


Charles H. McCormick, Seeing Reds, in Pennsylvania History 65(3)(1998): 392-94.


Joel Best, Controlling Vice, for Journal of Interdisciplinary History 30(3)(1999): 543-45.


Nicole Hahn Rafter, Creating Born Criminals, in American Historical Review 104(1999): 179.


Joe William Trotter and Eric Ledell Smith, African Americans in Pennsylvania, Journal of American Ethnic History 18(2) Winter 1999: 147


George H. Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, in Chesterton Review, 25(1-2)(1999): 131-33.


Peter D. G. Thomas, Politics in Eighteenth Century Wales, in British Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies 21/22 (1999): 95.


Philadelphia - A New Urban Direction, in Pennsylvania History 66(4)(1999): 633-34.


Candace Benyei, Understanding Sexual Misconduct in Religious Systems, in Criminal Justice Review (24)(1999): 81-82


David Howell, The Rural Poor in Eighteenth Century Wales, in British Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies.


Recent books on apocalyptic, in Chesterton Review, 26(3)(2000): 365-69.


Stephen L. Carter, God’s Name in Vain, in Chronicles, December 2000: 33-34.


Stanley Williamson, Gresford, in Albion, 32(2)(2000) 356-357


James M. Jasper, Restless Nation, in Chronicles, February 2001: 30-31


Recent books on cocaine, in Journal of American History 87(4)(2001): 1533-34


David Chidester, Christianity: A Global History in Chesterton Review 27(1-2)(2001): 145-49


Clark Blaise, Time Lord, in The American Enterprise, September 2001, 54, 58


Diana Eck, A New Religious America, in  Chronicles, January 2002: 27-28


David Martin, Pentecostalism, in Books and Culture March-April 2002: 34-35, at


New books on the future of Christianity, review essay, in Books and Culture, July-August 2002: 8.


Recent books on secularization, review essay, in Books and Culture, November-December 2002: 10-11.


Recent books on the history of religion in America, review essay, in Books and Culture, January-February 2003: 19.


Jedediah Purdy, Being America, in Books and Culture March-April 2003: 29.


Michael Rose, Goodbye Good Men, in American Conservative April 7, 2003: 24-25


Andrew Greeley, Religion in Europe at the End of the Second Millennium, in Books and Culture, May/June 2003: 27.


Pope John Paul II, Go In Peace, in Washington Post, June 1, 2003


Ellen Schrecker, The Age of McCarthyism, 2nd edition, in Journal of Cold War Studies 5(3)(2003): 120-22


Peter Steinfels, A People Adrift, in Books and Culture, September-October 2003: 37.


New books on terrorism, in Books and Culture, November-December 2003: 8-9.


Robert Stove, The Unsleeping Eye, in Chronicles, January 2004: 26-27.


Stephen Prothero, American Jesus, in Books and Culture, January-February 2004: 8.


Charles Murray, Human Accomplishment, in First Things, February 2004: 35-37


Edward Fitzgerald, Bank’s Bandits, in Chronicles, April 2004: 30


Karen Leonard, Muslims in the United States, in Books and Culture, May-June 2004: 9


Philip M. Freeman, St. Patrick of Ireland, in American Conservative May 24, 2004: 26-28.


Christine Rosen, Preaching Eugenics, in Books and Culture, July-August 2004: 7


Gil Troy, Morning in America, in Books and Culture, March-April 2005: 18


S. Ramaswamy, Lost Land of Lemuria, in Books and Culture, May-June 2005: 24


Jim Wallis, God’s Politics, in American Conservative June 6, 2005: 31-32


Sarah M. Pike, New Age and Neo-Pagan Religions in America, in Journal of American History (2005): 697-98


Claire Badaracco, Quoting God, in Books and Culture, November-December 2005: 11-13


Leigh Eric Schmidt, Restless Souls, in First Things, December 2005: 46-49


The Cambridge History of Christianity, in Books and Culture, September-October 2006: 10-15


Jeremy Black, Altered States, in Chronicles, December 2006: 31.


Hugh Kennedy, The Great Arab Conquests, in Books and Culture, November-December 2007: 42-43


Martin E. Marty, The Christian World, in Books and Culture, January-February 2008: 12-13


Walter Russell Mead, God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World, in Washington Post, February 20, 2008


Robert Frykenberg, Christianity in India, in Christian Century, May 5, 2009: 43-44


A People’s History of Christianity, Review Essay, Church History, 78(3)(2009): 658-668.


Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, The Ten Lost Tribes, in Books and Culture, September-October 2009: 31


Robert Wuthnow, Boundless Faith, in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2010), at


John Lukacs, The Legacy of the Second World War, in Books and Culture September-October 2010: 29


Diarmaid MacCulloch, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years in Christian Century December 14, 2010: 38-40


Harvey Levenstein, Fear of Food, in Books and Culture May-June 2012: 8


Olivier Roy, Holy Ignorance, in Hedgehog Review 14(2) Summer 2012: 82-83


Robert Wilken, The First Thousand Years, in Christian Century February 6, 2013: 36-37


R. I. Moore, The War on Heresy, in Church History 82(1) March 2013: 170-72


Lawrence B. Porter, The Assault on Priesthood and Garry Wills, Why Priests? in Chesterton Review 39(1-2)(2013)


Diarmaid MacCulloch, Silence, in Christian Century October 16, 2013: 46-49


John L. Allen Jr., The Global War on Christians, in Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2013


David R. Contosta ed., This Far by Faith, in Pennsylvania History 81(1)(2014): 129-31


Paul Jankowski, Verdun, in Books and Culture, March-April 2014: 24


R. S. Sugirtharajah, The Bible and Asia, in Christian Century, April 2, 2014: 36-37                 


Gerard Russell, Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms, in Christian Century, January 7, 2015: 34-35


Ronald Grigor Suny, They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else, Christian Century, April 29, 2015: 48-49


John Tolan, et al, Europe and the Islamic World, Christian Century May 27, 2015: 37-39


Kevin Madigan, Medieval Christianity, in Christian Century, June 24, 2015: 38-39


Mark Noll, From Every Tribe and Nation, in First Things, August-September 2015: 53-55


Robert C. Gregg, Shared Stories, Rival Tellings, in Christian Century, August 19, 2015: 36-37


David Nirenberg, Neighboring Faiths, in Christian Century, November 11, 2015: 38-40


Peter Howson, Muddling Through, and Michael Snape and Edward Madigan, eds, The Clergy in Khaki, in First World War Studies, 6 (2015): 207-209


Ann Farmer, Chesterton and the Jews, in Chesterton Review 41(4-5)(2015): 437-444


Scott Sunquist, The Unexpected Christian Century, in International Bulletin of Mission Research, 40 (2016): 85-86


Ian Johnson, The Souls of China, in Christian Century, June 21, 2017: 34-35


Stephen Ellis, This Present Darkness, in Education and Culture, July 2017, at


Richard Holloway, A Little History of Religion, in Chronicles, August 2017: 16-17


Paul Veyne, Palmyra, in Education and Culture August 2017, at


Robert Knapp, The Dawn of Christianity, in Education and Culture September 2017, at



John P. Burgess, Holy Rus, in Christian Century, December 6, 2017: 37-39


Richard Elliott Friedman, The Exodus, in Christian Century, February 28, 2018: 39-41


Niall Ferguson, The Square and the Tower, in Chronicles, April 2018: 22-23


Catherine Nixey, The Darkening Age, in Christian Century, April 25, 2018: 36-37


Brian Stanley, Christianity in the Twentieth Century, in Christianity Today, June 2018: 71-73


David Frankfurter, Christianizing Egypt, in Journal of Church and State 60(2018): 533-535.



Alan Jacobs, The Year of Our Lord 1943, in Englewood Review of Books Fall 2018: 20-21


Brian A. Catlos, Kingdom of Faith, in Christian Century, November 7, 2018: 41-43


Anita Rasi May, Patriot Priests, in Catholic Historical Review (2018), 721-23.


Melani McAlister, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders, in American Baptist Quarterly, 37(3)(2018): 377-378


Jay Rubenstein, Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream, in Christian Century, June 19, 2019: 38-39


Sohrab Ahmari, From Fire By Water, in Modern Age, Summer 2019: 59-62, at


Christian Sahner, Christian Martyrs Under Islam, in Journal of Church and State 61.3(2019): 504-506


William Chester Jordan, The Apple of His Eye, in Englewood Review of Books, Fall 2019: 22-23 +


Tom Holland, Dominion, in Christianity Today Online, February 3, 2020, at


Andrew Mein, Nathan Macdonald, and Matthew A. Collins (eds.), The First World War and the Mobilization of Biblical Scholarship, in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 82(2)(2020): 344-46


David C. Kirkpatrick, A Gospel for the Poor: Global Social Christianity and the Latin American Evangelical Left, in Christian Century, April 22, 2020: 38-39


Julie deGraffenried and Zoe Knox, eds., Voices of the Voiceless: Religion, Communism and the Keston Archive, in Keston Newsletter 31(2020): 14-15


Elizabeth A. Foster, African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church, Roundtable for H-DIPLO, June 2020, at


Jon Butler, God in Gotham, Christian Century, December 2, 2020: 39-41


Lauren Frances Turek, To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelical Influence on Human Rights and U.S. Roundtable for H-DIPLO, April 2021, at