The Urban Miracle
November 20, 2010

A City So Grand weaves together five major stories: abolitionism and the Civil War, the rise of intra and inter-urban rail, the Back Bay, the telephon

November 16, 2010

Cleopatra was a brilliant politician and strategist who became an icon of sinuous feminine danger and manipulation. She has long been the archetypical

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