From the Back of the Book

The Birth of American Finance
December 07, 2012

How Alexander Hamilton and a Swiss anti-Federalist created our country's capitalist system.

The Mormon Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
October 19, 2012

How the revelation to Joseph Smith led to Bain Capital.

How Many Constitutions Can Liberals Have?
October 19, 2012

The strange theory of twelve constitutions in one.

Dante’s Vita Nova
October 05, 2012

What happens when you try to translate Dante's poetry into "contemporary American English"

Barack Obama, Supportable and Inscrutable
October 05, 2012

Why are we no closer to understanding Barack Obama?

How Sectarianism Blinds the Shia to the Horrors of Syria
October 05, 2012

The Syrian rebellion is exposing a dangerous contradiction in the Shia of the Middle East. Why are the victims supporting the victimizers?

Baathism: An Obituary
September 14, 2012

When Bashar Al Assad's government finally collapses in Syria, it will mean the end of a totalitarian ideology that thrived—and killed—for 70 years.

A Close Look at How Evangelicals Communicate With God
August 24, 2012

Mark Noll reviews T.M. Lurhrmann's book on American evangelicals who claim to hear God directly.

Keeping Our Heads
August 24, 2012

The Mauthausen Trial: American Military Justice in Germany By Tomaz Jardim (Harvard University Press, 276 pp., $29.95) Conscience on Trial: The Fate of Fourteen Pacifists in Stalin’s Ukraine, 1952–1953 By Hiroaki Kuromiya (University of Toronto Press, 212 pp., $60) All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals By David Scheffer (Princeton University Press, 533 pp., $35) Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed By William Shawcross (PublicAffairs, 257 pp., $26.99)    IN 1952, FOURTEEN peasants, owning little more than a few religio

America on the Brink of Oligarchy
August 24, 2012

The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy By Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady (Princeton University Press, 693 pp., $35) Oligarchy By Jeffrey A. Winters (Cambridge University Press, 323 pp., $29.99) The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy By David Karpf (Oxford University Press, 237 pp., $27.95)   THIS IS A SEASON of political anxiety, and the source of that unease is not only the election and looming economic uncertainties.

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