History

The Man
September 16, 2010

The batture is Oliver Houck’s literary diving board, a jumping-off point for droll and poignant ruminations about life and Louisiana—its sorry history

They Died With Their Myths On
September 08, 2010

In 1875, soon after an Army expedition led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong discovered gold in the Black Hills, the United States sought to clea

Warriors, Hot and Cold
September 02, 2010

Paul Nitze’s grandson has written a dual biography of George Kennan ('the dove') and Nitze ('the hawk'), which aims to illustrate how the United State

Hope and Play
August 25, 2010

Readers of history should be grateful for the appearance of this short book. Natalie Zemon Davis is not only one of the greatest living historians—the

The Lingering War
August 09, 2010

Now we have this short and accessible account, which, according to its publicity material, is designed to become the standard popular text on “the for

The Do-Gooder
July 26, 2010

This book is too authoritative and independent to be reduced to the gadfly position of contrarianism: it is a judicious, penetrating measure of the ma

Known Unknowns
July 16, 2010

General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord was the Chief of Army Command until shortly after Hitler rose to power. He is a fascinating figure—brilliant at a

The Ring and the Crack
July 02, 2010

It would be easy to assume that the flag and the anthem have always been the central cultural symbols of our nationality. But in fact that has not bee

The Death Lovers
June 29, 2010

This terrific history of, and manifesto against, bullfighting was written by the French art historian Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier. She falls squarely in

The Iceman Cometh
June 23, 2010

In his uniformly excellent book, Anthony Brandt describes how—in the wake of Waterloo and Trafalgar—the British Empire emerged as the premier European

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