How Heroes Went
from Slayers to Saviors

Review: Tod Lindberg, ‘The Heroic Heart’

Americans have always been fascinated by heroes, and skeptical of them. Using films as a guide to this fascination, we can see that in cowboy movies, it is often difficult to tell whether the cowboy is morally superior to the bad guy since the actions he commits for the sake of saving the town are often undertaken violently and without mercy. The townspeople find themselves happy they’re in his good graces but often aren’t sure why that’s so. Little has changed in recent years—franchises like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and movies like Wolverine: Origins are preoccupied with questions of the hero’s genesis and troubled past. These films are driven by a common set of questions: Most broadly, what is a hero?

The Battle for America’s World War One Memorial

Essay: A design competition with high moral stakes

In 1919, Kansas City, Missouri raised the modern equivalent of $34 million to build a memorial to the 116,516 U.S. soldiers who died in the Great War. It took 10 days to raise the sum, and one fourth of the city pitched in to make the memorial a reality.

It’s Not All Doom and Gloom: Holiday Book Buying for 2015

Politics, history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, classics, and more

booksSure, a glance at the headlines may indicate that the global order is in collapse—but life goes on, and with it, the pleasant duty to purchase holiday gifts. When it comes to buying something for the readers in your life, the Washington Free Beacon’s culture pages have you covered.

‘Legend’ Review

Two Tom Hardys for the price of one!

Legend is the best movie of the year if your idea of a great movie is watching one of our preeminent actors hamming it up for two hours and change in service of a lacking story.

Prepare to Be Blindsided in 2016

Column: The only thing we can predict in politics is that we’ll be surprised

Target: Paris. More than 130 die in a terrorist attack on a Friday night in November. No one sees it coming. Global panic ensues.