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

The Morning After
May 04, 2011

This landscape of Central Europe’s economic transition and disruption has been so well traveled and picked over (particularly during the twentieth ann

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.”