The Very Deadliest Habit
March 29, 2012

Moral outrage over the tobacco industry’s century-long (and counting) merchandising of death colors every word of Golden Holocaust, from the title pag

When General Grant Expelled the Jews, A Response, Part 2
March 28, 2012

  Of all people, surely my esteemed colleague, Jonathan Sarna, should know that attentive, careful and thoughtful readers—and reviewers—take their cues and draw their conclusions from both the tone and the substance of what is put before them. Jenna Weissman Joselit *To read Jenna Weissman Joselit’s original review, click here. *To read Jonathan D. Sarna’s response, click here.

When General Grant Expelled the Jews, A Response
March 28, 2012

  To The Editor: I am glad that Jenna Weissman Joselit found my When General Grant Expelled the Jews “richly researched,” “lively,” and “suggestive.” In claiming that “General Orders No. 11 turned out to be a very good thing,” and that “by the time he has his way with Grant, the man ranks right up there with Washington and Lincoln,” however, she substitutes exaggerations of her own creation for anything that I actually wrote or believe. My clearly stated and  appropriately nuanced argument is that General Orders No.

The Reverse Commute
March 28, 2012

Akash Kapur is part of a group of Indians and half-Indians who have returned to India in the past ten years and written about their experiences. For m

March 26, 2012

There are two ways to react to the discomfort The Lifespan of a Fact provokes: to insist that essays like John D'Agata's require a readership in on th

The Sagacity of Hope
March 26, 2012

Donald R. Kinder and Allison Dale-Riddle have set out to investigate how exactly the foregrounding of race affected the last presidential election. Th

Local Wisdom
March 22, 2012

There is a puzzle about Henry Friendly, a puzzle that David Dorsen’s clarifying biography poses in an acute form. By all accounts Friendly had a brill

Sin and Repentance
March 21, 2012

Jonathan Sarna's new book When General Grant Expelled the Jews argues that instead of of demonizing the man, history—or more to the point, American Je

Splendor and Wreckage
March 20, 2012

Edward St. Aubyn's At Last is far less dramatic than any previous Melrose book, although the humor and perfectly observed dialogue remain. Its calm is