Founders Lite
November 15, 2010

What John and Abigail mainly bequeathed to Americans, then, was their relationship. But while no one better illustrates how the provincial world of th

November 10, 2010

Who would believe that in Fascist Italy, a group of several dozen Catholic peasants would spontaneously decide to convert to Judaism; that they would

Not in Moderation
November 01, 2010

Partisanship is almost always just beneath the surface of most writing about the Middle East. Gilbert Achcar’s book is no exception.

The Monster
October 27, 2010

A famine is frightful thing to contemplate, not least because we have the ability to contemplate it. If you have not experienced war, the veteran info

The Four Tops
October 14, 2010

The scorpions in the title of Noah Feldman’s book are four Supreme Court justices appointed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt between 1937 and 1941. They

Eleven Days That Shook the World
September 23, 2010

Richard Overy's ingenious and enthralling book, 1939: Countdown to War, is short but detailed, and it covers no more than the days from August 24 to S

The Chroniclers
September 20, 2010

In assembling his composite portrait of the last century, Robert Fox aimed at the “magical effect of giving the reader the sensation of being there at

A Tumultuous Time
September 17, 2010

Any reader who invests the time and money to read the book, or read in it, will find it very rewarding—and not just because of the wealth of informati

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