The First Celebrity
April 25, 2011

An argument could be made that the first modern master of exposure-driven fame was Adah Isaacs Menken, who reigned as “America’s Original Superstar” (

The Visitor
April 21, 2011

Max Weber in America? The idea seems almost preposterous. We often think of Weber as the quintessential European thinker: abstract, worldly, brooding,

The Spanish Model
April 20, 2011

“A Unique History,” this book’s subtitle, describes the subject more than the ambitions of this slim volume. Stanley Payne offers a series of thoughtf

After Dark
April 06, 2011

In Pleasure Bound, Deborah Lutz treads on familiar ground writing that she “wanted to steadily question certain assumptions we have today about the Vi

When the Pot Melted
March 23, 2011

In 2005, George Bornstein published a scholarly article titled “The Colors of Zion: Black, Jewish, and Irish Nationalisms at the Turn of the Century.”

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