Matthew Kaminski

Oscar-Nominated 'The Square' Distorts the Sad Reality for Democratic Movements
February 07, 2014

The outcome in Egypt has also darkened Western perceptions of the possibility for political evolution in authoritarian states everywhere.

After the Post-Revolution
April 30, 2012

Lawrence Scott Sheets spent two decades in these lands. Eight Pieces of Empire: A Twenty Year Journey Through the Soviet Collapse, a memoir of the Sov

The Spanish Model
April 20, 2011

“A Unique History,” this book’s subtitle, describes the subject more than the ambitions of this slim volume. Stanley Payne offers a series of thoughtf

Inner Harbor
September 22, 2010

Cádiz, Spain—No famed church, museum, or historical totem draws outsiders to this city on the Atlantic. So few come. Cádiz returns the lack of interest. Let the summer hordes swelter in Seville or Madrid. We’ll feed and entertain you, the body language of the place tells a new arrival, but we don’t need your validation. Take us as we are. And to be honest, the first impressions won’t beguile. Arriving by road, you pass through an unseemly industrial area reminiscent of the New Jersey Meadowlands, followed by a banal stretch of modern beachfront Spanish architecture.

Looking for Love
September 15, 2010

What a delectable title! The cover of this book drew intrigued glances from travelers on the F train and provoked a prolonged conversation with a stra

L’Affaire to Remember
April 21, 2010

Paris The impish headlines in Le Canard enchaîné, the satirical weekly that happens to be the most informative newspaper in France, rarely translate well. An exception might be the recent front-page lead: “SARKO EST D’UNE RUMEUR MASSACRANTE.” This play on the expression être d’une humeur massacrante—roughly, “angry enough to kill”—concerns the distemper of Nicolas Sarkozy over a certain rumeur massacrante (“foul rumor”) swirling around the French president’s two-year marriage to former supermodel Carla Bruni.