What is a Religion?
April 23, 2010

Buruma certainly writes with authority throughout the book, marshaling an impressive range of arguments and evidence, as well as issuing informed judg

Scenes from English Life
April 22, 2010

Other historians have treated high politics and the drama of international affairs as their main themes, and set them against a lightly-sketched backg

Types of Murder
April 19, 2010

Fellman makes the ancillary case that religious zealotry motivated all these actors, implying that a fever for holy war afflicted Christian Americans

April 12, 2010

Although Canetti was always a writer of huge ambition, and did not hesitate to speak of his own “inhumane” and “abhorrent” self-esteem, he displays in

After the Tigers
April 06, 2010

Sri Lanka is now open for business. The civil war that tore apart the nation is officially over. But Adele Barker journeyed there before the calm sett

American Movements
March 31, 2010

The Making of African America is macrobiotic history—high-minded, unsynthetic, and unrefined—and a noble effort to place this migratory experience alo

Family Emergency
March 24, 2010

Miranda Carter helpfully supplies some helpful family trees at an early point in her engaging and accessible study. The genealogical links between her

Landscape and Memory
March 22, 2010

The most powerful passages of Savage’s fascinating history of monuments in the nation’s capital document the transition of this lost nineteenth-centur

Heart of Darkness
March 08, 2010

In the spring of 1899, a thin, bespectacled French army colonel named Arsene Klobb began making his way eastward from a colonial outpost in Mali. He w

The Archaeologist as Minotaur
February 24, 2010

Gere’s stimulating study repeatedly reminds us that archeology can be not only a recovery of the past, not only a reflection of the present, but also