Books by Michael Novak

Michael Novak, a former U.S. ambassador, is the author of The Universal Hunger for Liberty, the best-selling The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, and many other books. He holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy and Public Policy at

Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A rare thing from a public intellectual: a guileless, bileless apologia."
The political and economic education of a remarkably accomplished man. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2006

"A tendentious effort to keep our founding father firmly in the fold of Our Father (and His Son)."
Other historians are wrong: George Washington was no deist or secular humanist or atheist, he was an Anglican who kept Jesus in his heart but, for political reasons, out of virtually all of his public utterances. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Let's hope Novak is right. Those who are convinced prima facie that he is will likely enjoy his latest; others will wonder whether the current headlines shouldn't dim his optimism just a tad."
Inside every Viet Cong, the Marines used to say, there's an American screaming to get out. Well, mightn't that be true of Baathists and mujahedeen and fedayeen, too? Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is not the serious work we have come to expect from Novak. (Author tour)"
Glimpses of a fruitful discussion can be found here, despite the effort to hide them behind erudite claptrap. Read full book review >
Released: June 11, 1996

"Vocational counseling of an unusual order, as tough-minded as it is good-hearted. (Author tour)"
A spirited defense of commerce as a worthy career and of democratic capitalism as the best socioeconomic system among known alternatives. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

Close on the heels of Richard John Neuhaus's Doing Well and Doing Good (p. 970) and George Weigel's The Final Revolution (p. 1247): yet another neoconservative study of Catholic teachings on economic freedom and social justice. Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 1972

"Catholic soul finds it difficult to value success') must be taken with salt but overall this is a well-argued and perceptive history of the American experience — unWASPed."
A somewhat disordered and impressionistic but sensitive exploration of the values, grievances, and prejudices of "the ethnics" which combines a plea for the politics of cultural pluralism (cities of 100,000 including "real Chinatowns," "little Italys" and "three or four Warsaws") with an imaginative assault on the presumptions of WASP "superculture." Read full book review >