Books

Waterworld
July 30, 2012

The connection between swimming and growth lies at the heart of Leanne Shapton’s new book Swimming Studies, a beautifully written and illustrated medi

Back to Mao?
July 26, 2012

The puzzle of the Bo Xilai case is how this thuggish plutocrat became so powerful in a country which, by Western stereotypes, is becoming prosperous a

Flightlessness and Eggs
July 25, 2012

Campbell McGrath has never been a difficult poet, but his early work was complex and often exciting for the ease with which readers could feel its com

Obtuse Effrontery
July 24, 2012

The idea that America harbors an epidemic of “assholism,” as Geoffrey Nunberg has it, is one that most people would spontaneously accept before feelin

Was That the Way It Was?
July 23, 2012

The old regime of broadcast journalism is now passing, or has passed. The average age of a TV network news viewer is over sixty. We are now about two

Les Bises
July 19, 2012

Rosecrans Baldwin isa true-blue Francophile—a “Paris freak” as he puts it—and his book is an account of these Parisian ideals being assaulted.

The Low Ground
July 18, 2012

With its tales of rising tensions and shrinking resources, The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources possesses an a

The Other America
July 17, 2012

In 1871, Los Angeles was still a sleepy town, not even on the radar of most Californians. It was the real-life Deadwood of the West: twenty years ear

Coo-coo-ca-choo Mrs. Robinson
July 16, 2012

Kate Summerscale’s new book has neither that page-by-page excitement nor so formidable a collection of historical personages as characters as her earl

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