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While the "arguments" - not much real disagreement emerges among these figures - are worth heating, Casey has written them in a formal, lugubrious manner that sounds tethered to the starchiest university dais.
The starchiest defenders of |ethics' are usually the least able to explain what purpose is being served.
The Powers biography is grounded in personal descriptions of young Hoover the Sunday school teacher, vaulting his way into the starchiest Presbyterian preserves, whereas Gentry introduces a more generic Victorian bureaucrat.