Democracy's Temple
May 21, 2012

In his architectural history of the Capitol Building, Guy Gugliotta emphasizes—it is, alas, a timeless theme—how extraordinarily difficult it is to co

The Border Crossers
May 18, 2012

From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933–1965 By John Connelly (Harvard University Press, 376 pp., $35) Across the violent years of the twentieth century, the Roman Catholic Church underwent a trial of conscience that ultimately brought about a radical transformation in its official doctrine regarding the Jews. Church tradition had long held that the Jewish people were abandoned by God and condemned to wander the Earth, their religion nullified by the new covenant with Christ.

How Low Can We Go?
May 17, 2012

Daniel Gross celebrates the flexibility and the robustness of the American economy, arguing that it enjoys many hidden strengths, and will expand in t

The Human Factor
May 16, 2012

Science, like art, is a human expression. Roald Hoffmann has given a great deal of thought to how to convey this truth, which lies at the heart of the

Are You Dead Yet?
May 15, 2012

In The Undead, Dick Teresi abdicates his role as an objective narrator. He accuses the medical profession of sloppiness in the way it determines death

The Strategy
May 14, 2012

Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court’s decision striking down state statutes that criminalized gay sex was a constitutional landmark, and will remain

The Cauldron
May 10, 2012

The proper way to understand Salafism, Laurent Bonnefoy maintains, is not through the prism of the nation-state, but by understanding how a transnatio

Tailey, Twirley, Loopey
May 09, 2012

Henry Hitchings’s new book points out all of the ideological pitfalls of debating language use, and he takes pains to avoid falling into them himself.

DaVinci's Ghost (A Response)
May 08, 2012

  I was flattered to read Hannah Brooks-Motl’s recent review of my book Da Vinci’s Ghost and am grateful for the kinds things she had to say about it. Her general criticisms seem fair enough to me, although I don’t necessarily agree with them all. But could I correct just a few factual errors, since they might mislead people about the nature of my work?

The Imagination Catches Up
May 08, 2012

Laurent Binet sets out to retell the life story of Reinhard Heydrich—one of the primary architects of the Holocaust and the highest ranking Nazi offic