Category Archives: Reviews

What They Say–Well, What Some of Them Say–About Bill Kauffman’s Writings:

“Inspiriting and restorative”—Edward Abbey “Kauffman and I are the original patriots”—Gore Vidal “I’ve admired Bill Kauffman’s books for years…appealing, elegantly written, and entirely American.”—Howard Frank Mosher “His writing is…prickly yet rambunctious, traditionalist yet gonzo, ornery yet exuberant. He generally works … Continue reading

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ABOUT Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America’s Political Map (Chelsea Green/2010)

“History doesn’t stand still, no matter how many times you sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Bill Kauffman brings an antic verve to the sobering question of America’s ability to hang together as one nation. He correctly perceives that the end of … Continue reading

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ABOUT Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin (ISI/2008)

“Vintage Kauffman. A witty, interesting, well researched, highly informative, lively, and balanced account of Luther Martin’s career. Kauffman’s underlying message is provocative, even iconoclastic. Despite all his failings, Martin was foremost among those who perceived that the Philadelphia Constitution contained … Continue reading

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ABOUT Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism (Henry Holt/Metropolitan/2008)

“For those who have been neoconned into believing that conservatism means unquestioned support for the warfare state, Ain’t My America is the perfect way to show that real conservatives defend peace and liberty.”—Ron Paul “Here begins the effort to restore … Continue reading

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ABOUT Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists (ISI/2006)

Editors’ Choice Award, American Library Association, for “these smart, frequently funny forays down American byways.” “It’s un-put-down-able, probably the best read I’ve had since The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot by the great Russell Kirk.”—The Western Confucian “Kauffman is…a … Continue reading

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ABOUT Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette (Henry Holt/2003; ppb. Picador/2004)

“A small masterpiece…Kauffman is at his most illuminating when he bears witness to the ‘progressives’’ wreckage of [Batavia], the razing of its beautiful houses, the cutting down of ancient trees in order to create a vast mall that promptly fails. … Continue reading

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ABOUT With Good Intentions? Reflections on the Myth of Progress in America (Praeger/1998)

“Kauffman has tackled a very large subject…not the rationale behind or consequence of this or that reform but the entire myth of progress in America. He has tackled this subject head on and with a flair that befits a superb … Continue reading

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ABOUT America First! Its History, Culture, and Politics (Prometheus/1995)

“Kauffman…gives anyone interested in American political history some of the most enjoyable and fascinating reading they’ll probably find all year…a novelist with a flair for the dazzling epithet…If you read only one political history book this year, here it is.”—Ray … Continue reading

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ABOUT Country Towns of New York (Country Roads Press/1994; McGraw-Hill/1999)

“Bill Kauffman views upstate New York through clear eyes and writes about it honestly. It’s pleasant reading and entertaining as well.”—Walter D. Edmonds “it is no ordinary guide-book because Bill Kauffman (author of Every Man a King) treats these places … Continue reading

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ABOUT Every Man a King (Soho Press/1989)

“witty, splenetic…shot through with a seemingly inexhaustible dose of venom…unfailingly funny”–Publishers Weekly “Witty and sarcastic, and, at the same time, naïve and innocent…an unusual mixture of irony and optimism”—Booklist “His pen, dipped as it is in Mencken, has a pleasantly … Continue reading

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