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

Rough Trade
June 07, 2011

In his new book, Douglas A. Irwin tells the fascinating story of how Congress stubbornly passed Smoot-Hawley, a bill that, as opponents noted at the t

June 01, 2011

The bizarre story of a group of British intellectuals’ 1954 trip to China forms the centrepiece of Patrick Wright’s eccentric, occasionally infuriatin

Nostalgia at Bat
May 15, 2011

Today the thrill which African-Americans once received from—and gave back to—the game of baseball at every level is all but gone. They make up less th

The Horror, Footnoted
May 10, 2011

Even while the fighting was ongoing in Sierra Leone, another battle was breaking out elsewhere: the war over the meaning of the war. Krijn Peters’s bo