"Can You Learn Anything From a Void?"
August 02, 2011

Nobody looks into his heart and sees an Eichmann lurking there. And this inability to match up our self-knowledge with our historical knowledge is the

The Invention of Our Music
July 28, 2011

Christopher Page tells the long and complicated story of what people sang for nearly a thousand years before the invention of musical notation. Starti

Dateline Hitler
July 18, 2011

William L. Shirer, born in 1904, was one of the twentieth century’s great reporters. He witnessed many of the key events of the 1930s in Europe at fir

The Power Lover
July 13, 2011

Machiavelli may not have been the greatest political philosopher of all time, but he certainly was the most notorious. As Miles J. Unger argues in his

La Même Chose
July 03, 2011

Ever since the eighteenth century, the French have held a contradictory place in the American imagination. David McCullough's new book, The Greater Jo

The Secret Agent
June 30, 2011

The most accomplished spy of the American Revolution, Edward Bancroft, was once a man whose name was known only to scholars. It took a whole century f

The Beltway Healing
June 28, 2011

At the center of the story is a religious fact, a miracle, which came at a time when religious facts, especially miracles, were viewed with suspicion.

Reviving Them
June 22, 2011

There is a certain tension in Johanna Adorján’s memoir An Exclusive Love, a very public remembrance about two very private people. But like its two pr

The Smallest Victims
June 20, 2011

Throughout World War II and after it, Europeans were completely obsessed with the fate of children. Everything—the health of society, the prospects fo

The First Time
June 15, 2011

This book is an exquisite history of the excruciatingly difficult, perhaps pointless, often disastrous British invasion and occupation of Mesopotamia