The Syndicate
August 27, 2012

Like most books about the movement the biography is generally uncritical of its subject and skirts episodes that might discredit the cause.

Old Wives' Tales
August 23, 2012

The argument of The Wives is twofold: great writers have demanding habits, and that the women who tended to those habits deserve recognition.

Crossing You in Style
April 18, 2012

You love Henry Mancini. You might not know it but you do. If you have ever popped your lips through the opening bars of the theme to The Pink Panther

He's Back!
April 09, 2012

What has been missing until now, in the English-speaking world, is a clear, comprehensive, and well-grounded introduction to Herodotus, designed for t

The Conductor
April 05, 2012

In this new biography, Peter McPhee is quite right to point out that Robespierre was in no sense a pathological freak. He was perfectly capable of ord

February 27, 2012

The Real Romney, a comprehensive and eminently fair-minded biography of the GOP’s fitful frontrunner, outlines how Romney has struggled since his poli

Presciently Sad
February 08, 2012

The rediscovery of Joseph Roth has been one of the happiest literary developments of the last decade or so—perhaps the first time that the word “happy

The Pains of the Pioneers
January 30, 2012

Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West were both women, and world-famous journalists, and politically outspoken, and involved with men who treated them bad

The Rivals
January 25, 2012

Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives is a wonderful mine of information for fans of either general. All told, the author’s central purpose is achieved wit

It’s A Man’s World
January 19, 2012

Serious readers tend to believe, not wrongly, that books by pundits such as Chris Matthews aren’t worth much thought. But Matthews’s biography of John