Why Bombay Matters
March 08, 2011

Gyan Prakash chronicles Bombay with verve and panache in his new book. Prakash was not born in the city; his interest and affection developed later. H

Animal Nature
March 03, 2011

Slavenka Drakulić revisits and recrafts some of the most frightening moments in modern literature in her new book, seemingly lightening them for a dis

Domestic and Epic
March 02, 2011

Garin Hovannisian has an important story at his disposal. It is, among other things, a case study in the circularity of family history. While determin

Do Mayors Matter?
February 25, 2011

New York has been fighting with the problems that come with density for close to four hundred years. Urban renewal and John Lindsay’s local welfare st

To the Poems!
February 17, 2011

Reading this collection put me in mind, too often for comfort, of the generations of undergraduate essays I had to read during my career as a universi

The Trouble With Contrarianism
February 09, 2011

In 2004, Daniel Treisman co-authored articles in Foreign Affairs and elsewhere in which he declared that Russia is a “normal country” that almost ever

In Sheep's Clothing
February 08, 2011

What did Germans see in Adolf Hitler? It is difficult for people of our era to see the appeal of history’s most infamous murderer. Charisma often does

The Thirty-One Words
February 07, 2011

The Pledge is the most recent in a long line of books which remind us that our kneejerk assumptions about those familiar thirty-one words are not only

Urban Legend
February 01, 2011

Almost from Odessa's birth—it was founded only in 1794 on land grabbed from the Ottomans—something set the city apart. Never did it seem altogether Ru

The Enthusiast
January 31, 2011

In his new book, Leigh Eric Schmidt, a historian of religion, uses Ida Craddock’s life to illuminate this fascinating period in American religious his