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Coercing Virtue By Robert H. Bork (The AEI Press, 161 pages, $25) For former D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork, the battle lines are drawn. “Despite denials by some that any such conflict exists, the culture war is an obtrusive fact,” Bork declares in the introduction to his provocative treatise, Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges. He continues: “It is a struggle between the cultural or liberal left and the great mass of citizens who, left to their own devices, tend to be traditionalists.” Bork believes that the most important battlefield of the culture war is the courtroom, and that “[t]he courts are enacting the agenda of the cultural left. . . . Just as the war is now an international phenomenon, so is judicial activism. The two necessarily go together because the new morality is not to be found in the constitutions judges profess to be interpreting. They must, therefore, invent new meanings in order to carry out the New Class program.” What is the New Class? Bork explains: “There is a certain embarrassment in choosing a name for this group. We often call its members the ‘intellectual class,’ the ‘intelligentsia,’ the ‘elite,’ the ‘knowledge class,’ or, dismissively, the ‘chattering class.’ Most of these names have the unfortunate connotation of superiority to the general public. The implication is not justified and is certainly not intended here.” The New Class, says Bork, has shaped international law through the United Nations and the World Court, and the rulings of these bodies, often hostile to U.S. sovereignty, have had an undue influence on American jurisprudence. Bork examines judicial review not only in the United States but also in Canada and Israel. He is not pleased with what he has found. The Hidden Language of Baseball By Paul Dickson (Walker & Co., 230 pages, $22) So the baseball season ended in such a fabulous fashion that you’ve been left hungry for more. Well, spring training won’t begin for months. Yet here’s a suggestion: Paul Dickson’s The Hidden Language of Baseball.Subtitled How Signs and Sign-Stealing Have Influenced the Course of Our National Pastime, Dickson’s book contains enough inside information to dazzle even Tim McCarver and Al Leiter. Did you know that during the course of a nine-inning game, an average of 1,000 silent instructions are given � from catcher to pitcher, coach to batter and base runner, fielder to fielder, umpire to umpire? It’s true. You can look it up. In this book.

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