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

The Wound
March 19, 2012

Mr. Sammler’s Planet is not a “Holocaust novel.” It is, emphatically, a novel about its own time and place—New York in 1969, during the summer of the

What Is Islamic Enlightenment?
March 15, 2012

Irshad Manji's book is an intimate and optimistic apologia for a future with more liberal and open interpretations of Islam. In the end, however, the

Civilization and Barbarism
March 14, 2012

Hong Xiuquan declared the “Taiping Heavenly Kingdom” in 1851 and appointed himself “Heavenly King” over China, which already had a leader of divine ma

Stalking Geoff Dyer
March 13, 2012

The rich, problematic delight with Geoff Dyer’s new book, Zona is that it’s so much more fun than the film it addresses, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1

The Revolution in Feeling
March 12, 2012

The Sufferings of Young Werther, a heartbreaking, irritating, and occasionally funny semi-autobiographical epistolary novel about a young man’s