The Thirty-One Words
February 07, 2011

The Pledge is the most recent in a long line of books which remind us that our kneejerk assumptions about those familiar thirty-one words are not only

Urban Legend
February 01, 2011

Almost from Odessa's birth—it was founded only in 1794 on land grabbed from the Ottomans—something set the city apart. Never did it seem altogether Ru

The Enthusiast
January 31, 2011

In his new book, Leigh Eric Schmidt, a historian of religion, uses Ida Craddock’s life to illuminate this fascinating period in American religious his

Enough is Enough
January 27, 2011

In the last two decades, with nuclear weapons in the possession of both India and Pakistan, their dispute over Kashmir threatens to become the most da

Viral Avant la Lettre
January 19, 2011

This book can be read in two ways. Historians will likely delight in the details and the diagrams provided by Robert Darnton, who tips his hat to the

Don't You Know Who I Am?
January 17, 2011

Craig Robertson’s new book traces the relatively fast and remarkably recent evolution of the American passport from an exotic exception to a common an

Roaming Russia
January 09, 2011

Rachel Polonksy roams not only through the books in Molotov's library, but through the indescribably vast country itself, teasing out the intersection

The Origins of Slaughter
January 05, 2011

Pakistan is not just any failed state. With a population just under 180 million, it has nationals well qualified in sciences and the professions; a la

Churchman and Statesman
December 27, 2010

Bob Drinan’s life certainly requires a good biography, but this is not a good biography or even a good book. Riddled with the kinds of factual mistake

After the Revolution
December 15, 2010

What Ever Happened To Modernism? is at once a polemic and a rigorous exposition of certain aspects of modernist practice. Like other such works on thi