Destroyer and Builder
May 03, 2012

In 1674, officials of the Dutch court carried out the recommendation of the States of Holland to ban the Theological-Political Treatise, a book that o

Inventing Leonardo, Again
May 02, 2012

What saves Toby Lester’s book about Leonardo is that it is not simply a book about Leonardo. Leonardo’s biography here—Lester’s idea of Leonardo—vies

The King’s Justice
May 01, 2012

As both her Tudor novels demonstrate on every page, Hilary Mantel draws you in, irresistibly, to the intense and dangerously competitive life of Henry

After the Post-Revolution
April 30, 2012

Lawrence Scott Sheets spent two decades in these lands. Eight Pieces of Empire: A Twenty Year Journey Through the Soviet Collapse, a memoir of the Sov

Defeat Out of Victory
April 26, 2012

The story of the Battle of Kiev has been told many times, but seldom in such detail as it is in David Stahel’s book. Relying mainly on German sources,

Bad Religion: A Response (Part 2)
April 25, 2012

It is astonishing to me that in a book dedicated to exposing silly heresies in our day, Douthat fails to recognize his complicity with his neoconserva

Bad Religion: A Response
April 25, 2012

In his review of my book, Bad Religion, Michael Sean Winters suggests that I have “drunk the Kool-Aid being distributed by the papal biographer George

How Do We Know?
April 25, 2012

In the first two thirds of Uncontrolled, Jim Manzi describes the historical development of the randomized field trial (RFT) and its philosophical basi

Modern Supernaturalism
April 24, 2012

To read Isaac Bashevis Singer’s collected stories is to realize the extent of American Jewish piety toward the Old World, because of its total absence