History

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

Something Brewing
November 09, 2011

Just as the cocktail captured the delusions of the Jazz Age, so does the rise of the microbrew capture this curious moment in American history: in the

The Hater
November 03, 2011

Reinhard Heydrich might well have been the cruelest among the many cruel National Socialist leaders. Even though Heydrich has entered history as one o

The Vanished City
November 02, 2011

Richard Miles, hoping to give Carthage its due, has attempted to write an objective and comprehensive history of the sea power, from its founding as a

The Inventor of Our Politics
October 26, 2011

Richard Brookhiser saves his central argument for his final pages, and it might have been wiser to bring it out more explicitly much earlier. Madison

What Did It Look Like?
October 25, 2011

Illustrating Empire, published by the Bodleian Library at Oxford to accompany its trove of printed historical objects, is full of images that navigate

Alarms
October 20, 2011

In the divisive, decade-old War on Terror, one certitude unites the warriors and the conscientious objectors. It is that Islamism is not to be confuse

The End of Illusion
October 17, 2011

This book is a story of failure—the failure of the Islamic Republic, despite thirty years of propaganda and political education, to inculcate in a new

Purity and Danger
October 10, 2011

The Spiritual-Industrial Complex is a useful book, an evidence-driven meditation on religion and politics in the American vein. Herzog analyzes an ove

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