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James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson teaches at Pepperdine University and is the coauthor of American Government: Institutions and Policies (Wadsworth).

The Judge & the Schools Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families. by J. Anthony Lukas Knopf. 659 pp. $19.95. By now,...

For a decade or more, the United States government, like the governments of most Western powers, was largely silent on the question of Soviet complicity...

For perhaps the first time since Theodore Roosevelt, the Republican party has become the party of change. During the 1920’s, it was the party of...

In California The White Album. by Joan Didion. Simon & Schuster. 223 pp. $9.95. Joan Didion—or rather the reputation of Joan Didion—is a puzzle. Her writing is...

The administration of President Carter offers an appropriate occasion for asking a question that will be raised with growing frequency as this nation approaches the...

Double Standard Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice. by Charles E. Silberman. Random House. 540 pp. $15.00. Charles Silberman sets out in this book to revive belief in the...

Buying the Vote Political Control of the Economy. by Edward R. Tufte. Princeton University Press. 168 pp. $10.00. A fundamental, and still unanswered, question about democracy is...

The indictment, on April 10, of three former high-ranking officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for having directed agents to use surreptitious entries—“black-bag jobs”—in...

The Greasy Pole Blind Ambition. by John Dean. Simon & Schuster. 415 pp. $11.95. The veterans of the Nixon-administration scandals have displayed almost the full range of...

Prisons are usually newsworthy only when their inmates riot, but of late they have become the focus of more general, and on the whole more...

With certain issues raised by the presidential elections—but also with a broader context—in mind, COMMENTARY recently addressed the following questions to a group of American...

Can America Win the Next War? by Drew Middleton. Scribners. 271 pp. $8.95. It is time, once again, to think about the next war. It has...