May 24, 2012
Tom Koch, a medical geographer, demonstrates how maps were critical to epidemiology long before the germ theory of disease was ever uttered, let alone
A Turn to Terror
May 23, 2012
In Stay Awake, Dan Chaon’s people have somehow reached middle-age but are still somnambulists stumbling through the after-effects of often unthinkable
Jonathan Swift in Karachi
May 22, 2012
Mohammed Hanif’s new novel, which follows on his wonderful debut, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, centers on Alice Bhatti, a janitor’s daughter and a Chr
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