I’m the new book review editor for the Journal of Markets & Morality

I’m the new (2021) book review editor for the Journal of Markets & Morality, published by the Acton Institute. The journal is interested in books about the intersection of religion (specifically but not limited to Catholicism), ethics, and economics, but also theology, history, and other related topics. If you are the author of a new book that you think the journal should review, feel free to get in touch with me. Or, if you know of a book that is not yours, but it should be reviewed, also let me know.

As book review editor, I have a few ideas about the types of books that should be reviewed.

(1) First, the book cannot be more than two years since its publication date.

(2) The book should be potentially important, or at least address an important topic, relating to the interest of the journal. This is independent of whether you think the book is good or bad, correct or incorrect. Unimportant and obviously bad books should be left to die on their own, without reviews to give them attention.

(3) The book should not have been extensively reviewed elsewhere. If there are already ten published reviews about a new book, then the book has probably received enough attention. Reviews of books that readers are already familiar with are not useful for the purposes of a review section, which is to help reviewers learn about books they don’t know.

(4) Books should be of interest to a general readership that crosses disciplinary lines.

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