Why Democrats Need the White Working Class
October 24, 2012

What’s The Matter with White People is really about what’s the matter with the white working class.

P.S. VIP—What Exam Schools Offer
October 23, 2012

When it comes to education, have we neglected to raise the ceiling while we've struggled to life the floor?

The Poet Politician—Chinua Achebe’s Civil War
October 22, 2012

There Was a Country, a personal memoir, is a literal explanation of what happens when “the center cannot hold.”

Spy v. Spy: How a Double Agent Won D-Day for the Allies
October 19, 2012

Juan Pujol, who never fought on the front lines, is not a Stephen Ambrose–style war hero. He was, at his core, a con man.

One Whale Too Many: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Arctic Adventure
October 18, 2012

Now published for the first time, Conan Doyle's Arctic adventures offer a pre-Holmes glimpse of the writer.

Bring the Dead to Life: Mantel's Booker a Boon for Historical Fiction
October 17, 2012

The Man Booker committee made the correct, though difficult, decision in awarding Hilary Mantel a second prize.

Accounted For: The Origins of Modern Finance
October 17, 2012

Rather than following the booms and busts, Gleeson-White presents the life and work of the “father of accounting,” Luca Pacioli.

Art, Science, and Spice—The Evolution of the Kitchen and Its Contents
October 16, 2012

Consider the Fork is a wide-ranging historical road map of the influence of culture on cuisine.

The Pseudoscience Wars: Who Safeguards Science?
October 15, 2012

Todd Akin’s prominent takedown was just the latest example of America rising up to fend off the scientifically deluded.

Thackeray: The Uses of Adversity
October 12, 2012

Thackeray's strength lay in his gradually grasping and reflecting the society which he knew to be both powerful and petty.