The Progress of the Nomads
November 29, 2011

The Wandering Falcon is an indelibly nostalgic novel: it honors the slower rhythm of a threatened lifestyle. In Jamil Ahmad’s novel and in real life,

The Good Wife
November 28, 2011

Before there were desperate housewives, real housewives, and Good Housewives, there were witty housewives. Or there was one, anyway: Myrna Loy, whose

The Wise Men
November 25, 2011

Jack Rakove uses rich descriptions of the Founders’ daily lives to quicken the plaster-cast heroes. With his attention to the texture of life, Rakove

Puritan Inc.
November 23, 2011

The New Plymouth colony was not a commune, Nick Bunker reminds us, but a common stock company—and one that accumulated heavy losses over its first dec

The Capital Gang
November 22, 2011

As befits a novel named for a Santería god, Changó is a strange and often bewildering book. What it’s about depends, in large part, on who’s looking.

Out of Many
November 21, 2011

As Desmond King and Rogers Smith argue in Still a House Divided, President Obama has thus far skillfully avoided taking a firm position on affirmative

The Overworked Court
November 17, 2011

The statement that “‘overwork’ requires a major change in the jurisdictional authority of the Supreme Court suffers from what Churchill used to call ‘

Gingrich 0, Obama 0
November 17, 2011

When children’s books evade uncomfortable truths and whitewash the history of what is real, they betray their audience. In addition to manipulating ch

The Call to Order
November 16, 2011

One closes this book feeling more than a little mentally repelled. Nobody who spends a goodly part of their leisure-time walking the English landscape