Did Ronald Reagan unite the nation by dividing it?
How the CIA Stole 'Dr. Zhivago'
June 21, 2014
The novel stood in subtle opposition to much that Soviet life tried to destroy.
This Isn't the Return of the Cold War. It's Worse.
March 24, 2014
Looking at the crisis in Crimea as a return to Soviet obscures more than it clarifies
The 150-Year Hunt for the Great American Novel
February 22, 2014
Why literary scholarship should reunite with literary criticism.
Hitler's Female Henchmen
October 18, 2013
Wendy Lower’s Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields returns the Holocaust to something of its original horror.
Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher: Kindred Spirits
May 11, 2013
Americans tend to have three preoccupations about the recent past: the rights revolutions of the 1960s; Ronald Reagan, his conservative movement, and its legacy; and American-led globalization.1 Remarkably, to an American reader, Strange Rebels: 1979
Philip Roth as Phenomenon of the American Spirit
March 26, 2013
Americans don’t really build statues to our literary heroes. Are PBS documentaries our substitute?