Revered and reviled, Leo Strauss has left a rich legacy of work that continues to spark discussion and controversy. This volume of essays ranges over critical themes that define Strauss's thought: the tension between reason and revelation in the Western tradition, the philsophical roots of liberal democracy, and especially the conflicting yet complementary relationship between ancient and modern liberalism. For those seeking to become acquainted with this provocative thinker, one need look no further.
Foss's column, Monitor (October 1909 to March 1911), embodies progressive public librarianship in the early 1900s. Paper reprint of the 1968 original (Basic Books) with a new foreword. A collection of essays on the two strands of 20th century liberal democratic thought: the classical (as in emphasizes human excellence, and the modern, which emphasizes individual freedom and social equality. Strauss' insights continue to be pertinent after 20 years. Indexed by name. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)