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

The Trouble With Contrarianism
February 09, 2011

In 2004, Daniel Treisman co-authored articles in Foreign Affairs and elsewhere in which he declared that Russia is a “normal country” that almost ever

In Sheep's Clothing
February 08, 2011

What did Germans see in Adolf Hitler? It is difficult for people of our era to see the appeal of history’s most infamous murderer. Charisma often does

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