Ellis writes that “my hope is that the founding era can become a safe place to gather together, not so much as to find answers to those questions as to argue about them … their greatest legacy is the recognition that the argument itself is the answer.” Yet throughout his own views are crystal clear: he plumps for the liberal tradition in contrast not only to Trumpism but to most of what passes for modern conservatism, starting with Ronald Reagan. To his credit, Ellis admits that “objectivity, in the sense that mathematicians or physicians use the term, is not a realistic goal for historians”.
An Elephant in Rome
" January 1, 2021 Read this issue IN THIS REVIEW AN ELEPHANT IN ROME Bernini, the Pope and the making of the Eternal City 224pp. Pallas Athene. £19.99. Loyd Grossman Acheerful bricolage of biography, art history, trivia and travelogue..."
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