John Paul Rollert

  • Second Founding

    “Let the record stand, and explain itself,” wrote Carl Van Doren, near the end of his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Benjamin Franklin. It was a grand sentiment and one that might stand as the…

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  • Limit Cases

    Near the end of his life, Adam Smith returned to The Theory of Moral Sentiments, his first book and in his estimation, if not history’s, his best. He had recently finished extensive revisions to…

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  • A Failure of Will

    As canonical controversies go, who wrote Shakespeare’s plays is the literary equivalent of who’s buried in Grant’s tomb—a question that answers itself and a bad joke that doesn’t improve with retelling. Thanks to Roland…

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