Tyler Cowen’s Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero (St. Martin’s, 2019) makes a case even for Big Tech: Seems to me the power of the biggest should set into motion the gears of anti-trust action. David Bahnsen argues The Case for Dividend Growth (Post Hill, 2019).
On the Edge of Infinity (Ignatius, 2019) is Clemens Cavallin’s biography of a great Canadian writer, Michael O’Brien. Cavallin describes O’Brien’s conversion experience at age 21 and his crisis at age 34. He also shows the background to O’Brien’s greatest work, Island of the World, and the development of his Father Elijah novels, which feature a Jewish-turned-Christian protagonist and a cultured Antichrist. Speaking of great literature, Anthony Verity’s new translation of Homer’s The Odyssey (Oxford, 2016) makes it come alive.
Mike Chase’s How to Become a Federal Criminal (Atria, 2019) is an amusing look at the enormous volume of laws of which we might run afoul. Among the potential routes to jail: wearing a postal uniform if you aren’t a postal worker, threatening a clown, mailing a miniature spoon, running a mail-order dentures business, shooting a Canada goose from a sailboat if the sails are unfurled, importing a pregnant polar bear, selling a 24-pound can of spinach containing more than 12 millimeters of caterpillar, selling a bottle of wine with “zombie” in its name, gesturing to a horse in a national park in a way a “reasonably prudent” person would not, moving a table on federal land, or giving your boat to a pirate. —M.O.