Claremont Review of Books

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Claremont Review of Books
Editor Charles R. Kesler
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 8,900
Publisher The Claremont Institute
Year founded 2000
Country United States
Based in Claremont, California

The Claremont Review of Books (CRB) is a quarterly review of politics and statesmanship published by the Claremont Institute. Many[by whom?] consider it a conservative intellectual answer to the liberal New York Review of Books. In the journal's words, it "offers bold arguments for a reinvigorated conservatism, which draws upon the timeless principles of the American Founding and applies them to the moral and political problems we face today. By engaging policy at the level of ideas, the CRB aims to reawaken in American politics a statesmanship and citizenship worthy of our noblest political traditions." A typical issue consists of several book reviews and a selection of essays on topics of conservatism and political philosophy, history, and literature.[1]

It began publishing in its present form in 2000, under the editorship of Charles Kesler. Contributors have included Harry Jaffa, Mark Helprin (a columnist for the magazine), Victor Davis Hanson, Diana Schaub, Gerard Alexander, Allen C. Guelzo, Joseph Epstein, Hadley Arkes, John Marini, and William F. Buckley, Jr..
Elliott Banfield[2] is the journal's art director. Martha Bayles is the magazine's film and television critic. The staff includes senior editor Christopher Flannery and William Voegeli, managing editor John B. Kienker, and associate editor Kathleen Arnn. Joseph Tartakovsky is a contributing editor.

Charles R. Kesler's "Democracy and the Bush Doctrine"[3] was reprinted in an anthology of conservative writings on the Iraq War, edited by Commentary Managing Editor Gary Rosen. The CRB was party to a high-profile exchange in Commentary between Editor-at-Large Norman Podhoretz and CRB editor Charles R. Kesler and CRB contributors and Claremont Institute senior fellows Mark Helprin and Angelo M. Codevilla over the Bush Administration’s conduct of the Iraq war.


  1. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (20 February 2017). "‘Charge the Cockpit or You Die’: Behind an Incendiary Case for Trump". New York Times. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Elliott Banfield". Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  3. ^ Kesler, Charles (Winter 2004). "Democracy and the Bush Doctrine". Claremont Review of Books. The Claremont Institute for Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 

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