It’s the Science, Stupid
December 15, 2011

Back in the 1980s, doctors had little to offer beyond a kind heart, an attentive ear, and a few highly problematic drugs. An avalanche of intriguing i

The Border
December 07, 2011

The Berlin Wall was the most visible part of the Iron Curtain but it constituted only a small part of the border that divided the two Germanys—a point

The Road to Slaughter
December 05, 2011

Sean McMeekin argues in this new book that Russia’s real aim all along was to use any and every opportunity finally to gain access to the Mediterranea

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