The National Catholic Review

July 4, 2005

Vol. 193 No. 1Whole No. 4697


The Vanishing Dream

The annual celebrations of Independence Day commemorate not only the sacrifices made during the American Revolution, but also a more nebulous concept: the American dream, which for many is bound up with the promise of economic success for any hardworking American.


Take and Read
Robert Kiely
I Know It When I See It
James Youniss
Many Sticks, Few Carrots
Ronald E. Powaski
Magis 2005
Dennis M. Linehan

Books and Culture

As Not Seen on the Nightly News
Claire Shaeffer-Duffy

In the early spring of 2003, an American daily provided its readers with a map depicting the battle strategy for the U.S.-led invasion of

No Ordinary Day
John B. Breslin

Saturday brings Ian McEwan’s novel output to a neat dozen; with one exception, most of them have tended toward brevity rather th

Pointing the Finger
Andrew M. Greeley

The argument of Over the Edge is spelled out clearly in the subtitle: the media (film, television, computer games), driven by advertisers

Columns and Departments

The Word
What a Wonderful World!

Dianne Bergant

The Word
Nothing Is Perfect

Dianne Bergant

Faith in Focus
No Deaths Under My Signature

Jose-Luis S. Salazar

A New Jersey Legend

Terry Golway

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen

Lost Hours

Sarah Brown Weitzman