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Collected Essays of Dr. Robert Hickson - Vol. 1

Ths is one of two volumes of fascinating essays on a wide variety of subject matter including topics of a military, literary, historical, personal, and Catholic nature.

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Hardcover - 8.5" x 11" 680 pages

Loreto Publications is pleased to present almost 100 essays from one of the most fascinating Catholic American essayists of our post Vatican era. Robert Hickson's broad experience and deep personal knowledge of politics, military affairs, literature, and religion in late 20th century America give him a unique perspective and judgement that is thoroughly Catholic and poingnantly expressive. His curriculuum vitae is impressive and his experience as a soldier, college professor, public speaker, husband, father, and traditional Catholic warror are evident in these profound and penetrating writings.

FOREWORD

It is part of the vocation of a small Catholic publisher like Loreto Publications to give voice not only to the accumulated wisdom of past ages, but also to make known the effects of grace in the souls of the men and women whose lives run concurrent with our own, when those effects are worth noting and preserving for future generations. If the effects of supernatural grace manifest themselves in the remarkable written expression of a Catholic warrior, it can be a great benefit for others to read and contemplate the procession of thought produced by
those effects in a man of substantial educational attainments and wide experience. This is why we have chosen to make available this selection of almost 100 essays by our good friend Dr. Robert Hickson.
One of the requirements for the acquisition and growth of virtue that nature and grace impose upon a man is that he make a serious attempt to impose order in this world of disorder. First he must order his own thoughts and passions, and then he may seek to promote order in his own sphere of influence in the world. This is the work of a Christian educator. The artfully composed and clearly enunciated order of Dr. Hickson’s thinking is strikingly evident in the writings of his mature years as presented in these two volumes. Not only does he beautifully expound upon a topic, but he gently coaxes the reader to make further considerations of his own on the topic presented. In other words, he stimulates the thinking process in his audience and he arouses the desire of the intellect for deeper and more fruitful contemplation. Surely, the achievement of that objective is one of the many goals of sound education.
These essays are not the work of a superficial man. They are challenging, and were meant to be so. In his essay “The Contribution of Catholic Letters to the Conversion of Our Country” you will find the following paragraph:
G. K. Chesterton, who was himself a Catholic Man of Letters, memorably said, moreover, that “the test of all happiness is gratitude” and “your world would be a lot larger, if you were smaller in it.” And, with the help of such Catholic Letters and Literature, we may also help to
make that world larger for others, unto their more abundant life, both here and in Beatitude.
That paragraph could easily serve as the Introit to all of Dr. Hickson’s literary efforts. And so it is with a constantly enlarging sense of gratitude that we offer to our loyal followers these two volumes in hope that you too will appreciate this twentieth century Catholic American soldier’s literary legacy.

Table of Contents - Volume I:
Foreword...............................................................................................................
Introduction..........................................................................................................
Saint Boniface and the Missionary Culture of the Faith: Animating Insights and
Strategic Lessons from the Eighth Century.......................................................
The Contribution of Catholic Letters to the Conversion of our Country...............
Truth, Trust, Forgiveness: Three Aids to Peace Without Humbug..........................
Truth, Trust, Forgiveness, Part II: Reflections on “The Key to the Situation”..........
The Crescent Phenomenon of the Privatization of Warfare and Security-Services:
New Oligarchic Feudalities, Special-Operations Networks, and Ambiguous
Mercenaries in a Time of Borderless Economies and Finance...........................
The Story We Live by and the Foundations of Our Faith: Implications of the
Incarnation and of the Bethlehem Nativity.......................................................
Mandeville, the Frankfurt School, and Yves Simon on Authority and Liberty........
The Presentation of Malitia and Guile in Melville’s Billy Budd...............................
Money and Language Manipulation: New Methods of Modern Oligarchs (coauthored
with Maike Hickson)...........................................................................
“Giving a Free Hand to the Assassins”: An Introduction to Marguerite Higgins’ Far-
Sighted 1965 Book on Vietnam, Our Vietnam Nightmare................................
Honor in Foreign Policy........................................................................................
Remembering Louis Blanqui and the Leninist Concept of “Enlightened Terror”...
Complacent Sentries and the Sloth of Roaming Unrest: The Ambience of Vaticanum
II in its Historical-Military Context.................................................................
On Hilaire Belloc and a Great Wind.....................................................................
Hilaire Belloc’s View of a Pilgrimage......................................................................
Hilaire Belloc and a High Mass.............................................................................
“And You Cannot Build On A Lie”: (H. Belloc)—When the Humbug Has Broken
Down and the Sham Exposed..........................................................................
Hilaire Belloc’s Canterbury Tale.............................................................................
G.K. Chesterton in Praise of Chaucer...................................................................
Memorable Perceptions Modern Noise and Man’s Ingrained Inattentiveness.........
Maurice Baring’s Understanding of Dostoievski and of the Prevaricating Press......
Hilaire Belloc’s Verse on Our Lady and the Challenge of the Faith........................
“The Penalties of Truth”: The Haunting Lost Opportunity of Hilaire Belloc’s
Traveller............................................................................................................
The Disadvantages of Comfort...............................................................................
Reflections on the End Time: Fortifying Convictions for the Sake of Courage and
a Final Fidelity.................................................................................................
GK Chesterton’s 1916 Reflections on the Book and Wounds of Job......................
Attaining Moral Turpitude Is Not a Sudden Thing: G.K. Chesterton’s Insights
about “Evil Friendships in History”..................................................................
Clearing the Mind of Cant: G.K. Chesterton on “False Comparatives”.................
The Hope and Help of the Half-Defeated: G.K.C.’s Visit to Poland in the Late
1920s and H. Belloc’s Ballade to Our Lady.......................................................
Fruits of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw and the 1944 Normandy Invasion (Insights of
General J.F.C. Fuller and G.K. Chesterton)......................................................
The Mutual Nourishment of Literature, Life, and the Love of Learning: The Case
of Alessandro Manzoni and Monsignor Achille Ratti (Pius XI)........................
Remembering Father Robert Bradley, S.J. and His Distinctive Manner of Prudence........
Weighing the Consequences of Character: The Contrasting Depictions and
Diplomatic Acts of Popes Pius XI and Pius XII................................................
An Unexpected Request for Alms in a Southern Harbor: Hilaire Belloc under Sail
in Palma of Majorca.........................................................................................
From Joie de Vivre to Gaudium de Veritate: Counterpointing Two Satires and Saint
Augustine’s Confessions....................................................................................
Counterrevolution as an Affirmation: Amid the Allure of False Dialectics.............
Hilaire Belloc on the Castle Called “Gaillard”: a Strategic Node............................
Hilaire Belloc’s Sense of Destiny and Living Memory of a Woman and Child.......
Francis Fukuyama’s Neo-Hegelian 1989 Essay and His Contrasting 2014 Book on
Liberal Democracy’s Manifest Decay and Paralysis Twenty-Five Years Later......
Fukuyama’s Cultural Parody on the Abolition of History and its Literary
Roots in Swift and The Dunciad...........................................................
Fortitude, Proportion, and Innocence: Discerning Perceptions from Hilaire Belloc’s
The Silence of the Sea (1940)..............................................................................
The Fast Path and the Slow Path of Subversion: Roberto de Mattei’s Recent Strategic
Insights............................................................................................................
The Farsightedness and Omissions of a Professed “Superfluous Man”: The
Intellectual Journey of Albert Jay Nock............................................................
“Imposter Terms” and the Disorder of Expediency: Albert Jay Nock’s Insights on
Language and Moral Conduct..........................................................................
Josef Pieper’s Presentation of Purity and Virtuous Temperance..............................
Speaking the Truth about Oneself and the Barrier of Presumptuous Hebetude......
Reflections on the Higher Chivalry of Loyal Catholic Christianity........................
The Suffocation of a Managed Political-Ecclesiastical Glossary...............................
Maurice Baring’s Enduring Insights on the Russian Character and Some of the
Grave Setbacks in Pre-1917 Russian History....................................................

About the Author
Robert Hickson graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, in June 1964, and was assigned to Southeast Asia. After one year, he became a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer and earned his “3-prefix” as a “Green Beret,” after having already completed Parachute School and Ranger School and certain forms of Naval Commando Training. After tours in Viet Nam and elsewhere in Asia, he taught at the J.F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center as the Head of the East Asian Seminar and Instructor in Military History and Irregular Warfare.
He acquired his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Classics (Greco-Roman) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an emphasis on Ancient Philosophy and Medieval Literature (to include Theological Literature). For seven years, he was Professor and Chairman of the Literature and Latin Department at Christendom College, leaving shortly thereafter to return to Military and Strategic-Cultural Studies.
He was a Professor at the Joint Military Intelligence College (former Defense Intelligence College), a graduate school in the U.S. Intelligence Community at the Defense Intelligence Agency (D.I.A.) in Washington, D.C. Among other things, he taught Foreign Area and National Security Studies, Military History and Strategy, as well as Moral Philosophy. He was then invited to the Air Force Academy for four years as a Professor in the William Simon Chair of Strategy and Culture, teaching in several academic departments.
He concluded his Federal Service as a Professor of Strategic and Cultural Studies, as well as Military History and National Security Studies, at the Joint Special Operations University in Florida, a part of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Comparative cultural and strategic-historical studies constituted a unifying theme in these various forms of teaching over the years.

ISBN:
9781622921591
Author:
Dr. Robert Hickson
Pages:
680
Binding:
Hardcover

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