Few readers of Vanity Fair are aware that there was once another, quite different, magazine bearing the same name that flourished for less than a quarter-century, ceasing publication years before Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair’s present (and founding) editor, now in his mid-60s, was even born.
Richard Norton Smith, a fluent and elegant writer, gives us Nelson Rockefeller’s life in full, touching especially on the political aspects.
Reviewing one of Andrew Roberts’ earlier books, an English critic wrote that “as well as being intelligent, hard-working and opinionated, he gets great fun out of his writing.
This book explodes in its opening chapter with a gruesome murder at a race track, concludes with an express train demolishing a victim at 100 miles an hour and vibrates on intervening pages with the thunder of horses’ hooves.
In the fall of 1764, George Whitefield, itinerant evangelical preacher, gave a commencement sermon at Princeton University, then a place of evangelical learning which he described as a “blessed nursery, one of the purest in the universe.” Many readers will gawk and chuckle at the idea of an evangelical pastor giving a commencement address at one of today’s elite colleges. So far from being flower beds of spiritual growth, the Ivies are today distinguished by secularism and outright contempt for orthodox, confessional Christianity. Were Whitefield to preach on an elite campus today, he would be regarded as a retrograde bigot.
Michael Savage is not the only writer to conclude this nation is more divided now that at any time since the Civil War. However, the author and radio talk-show host has explored in-depth America’s step-by-step removal from the ideal of “one nation, indivisible.”
Resilience, as defined by Judith Rodin is the capacity of any entity, ranging from an individual, a corporation or a society, to pre-emptively prepare for sudden disruptions that were unpredicted, to recover from them and then to take advantage of new opportunities produced by the disruption for further growth and expansion.