Tom PeeblesThomas H. Peebles is a retired Department of Justice attorney living in Vendée, France. He regularly reviews recent works on history, politics, political theory and literature at tomsbooks.wordpress.com. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College (A.B), London School of Economics (M.Sc.), University of Detroit School of Law (J.D), and Stanford Law School (J.S.D). At LSE he studied the “History of Political Thought” under Michael Oakeshott. His dissertation at Stanford examined the emergence in the period 1890-1920 of the idea of the federal constitution as a flexible and evolving instrument. He worked and studied for a year at the Faculté de Droit de Clermont-Ferrand, and was a Fulbright grantee at the Université de Paris II (Assas). At the Department of Justice, he worked on DoJ overseas rule of law assistance programs, serving in US Embassies in Haiti, Bulgaria and Benin. At DoJ HQ, he served as Regional Director for DoJ assistance programs in Central and Eastern Europe.
A book review of Michael J. Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? (Penguin, Allen Lane, 2021). “Those who work hard and play by the rules […]More
A book review of James McAuley’s The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France (Yale University Press, 2021). In The House of Fragile Things, Washington […]More
A book review of James Wyllie’s Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler’s Germany (St Martin’s Press, 2019). Within the proliferation of literature on seemingly every aspect of […]More
A book review of Ann Heberlein’s On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt. Translated from Swedish by Alice Menzies (Pushkin Press, 2021). Before she became a celebrated New […]More
James Shapiro, Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Our Future (Penguin Press, 2020) In June 2017, New York City’s Public Theater […]More
Robert Zaretsky, The Subversive Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021) Simone Weil is considered today among the foremost twentieth-century French intellectuals, on par […]More