History

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

War and the City
October 05, 2011

Reveille in Washington could stand on its own as a first-rate chronicle of how the political elites handled the Civil War. But the book’s main charact

The Guilty
September 29, 2011

This past April marked the fiftieth anniversary of the trial of Adolf Eichmann. The trial represented a true watershed in the postwar struggle to come

Dailiness in Extremis
September 27, 2011

This book’s primary aim is to capture, in broad and impressionistic strokes, the experience of the European intellectual community in the period befor

Pedagogy in Purgatory
September 21, 2011

By now, hundreds of children’s books about the Holocaust have been published—fiction and non-fiction, as well as hybrids of varying quality: books abo

Unbearable
September 14, 2011

Michel Pastoureau is a scholar of the medieval bestiary, and as far as that catalogue of animals and their traits is concerned, I doubt we will have a

All Hat and No Cattle
September 12, 2011

There are (considering his enduring popularity with modern historians) surprisingly few biographies of Alcibiades. So how does P.J. Rhodes deal with h

The Stench of Perfume
September 08, 2011

Hal Vaughan's biography distinguishes itself from the many other Chanel biographies by tackling the dicey subject of Gabrielle Chanel’s activities dur

Lawfare from the Bench
September 05, 2011

IN 1861, acting through his agents, Abraham Lincoln detained a Marylander named John Merryman (who had waged private war against the federal governmen

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