Books

Plastic People
February 07, 2012

Though today we think almost interchangeably of consumer, corporate, and government credit, Louis Hyman reminds us that credit used to mean, chiefly,

The Longest Battle
February 06, 2012

Mary Dudziak’s argument provides a twist on a common view among legal academics about the relationship between wartime and civil liberties. Like these

It's the Cops, Stupid!
February 02, 2012

Franklin Zimring has broken ranks with his profession and issued a long overdue call. The New York crime drop experience demands a revision in our und

The Aftermath
February 01, 2012

Kwasi Kwarteng, in his vivid and stimulating book, takes a fresh approach to "the great gabbed-up British Empire," moving the argument on from the Emp

Rushing to Ruin
January 31, 2012

It was under Nero that Lucan produced the first three books of an epic poem laced with political satire, a poem devoid of divine machinery and high-mi

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

Start Worrying
January 26, 2012

A year after the uprising that overthrew Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, Cairo’s Tahrir Square has become an international symbol of human revolt. I

The True Lies of Totalitarian North Korea
January 25, 2012

When the videos of North Koreans weeping hysterically in the streets of Pyongyang circulated on YouTube last month in the wake of Kim Jong-il’s death, few Western onlookers knew what to make of them. Most of us seem to have assumed that the tears were fake, produced on command—an interpretation backed up by one of the best books recently to appear on the subject of North Korea, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy, which describes manufactured public grief in 1994 after Kim Il-sung’s death.

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

Lovers and Jews
January 24, 2012

In defiance of the Holocaust, Giorgio Bassani claims the Jamesian right to draw the circumference of the story where he wants it, where it is most art

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