Thinkers and Tinkerers
June 22, 2010

As befits a scholar of human knowledge, Joel Mokyr's overarching thesis is about the power of ideas. His grand idea is that the practical, avaricious

The Point
June 21, 2010

Angus Trumble is also given to great bursts of enthusiasm and equally great swaths of arcana about the human digit. Trolling through art history and a

Slouching Towards Brutality
June 10, 2010

On Easter Monday in 1916, a tiny army of Irish separatists seized several buildings of middling significance in central Dublin, neglecting to take Dub

The Other Shore
May 31, 2010

James Fichter’s wonderful and important book suggests that the Atlanticists may be far less cosmopolitan than they presume. Fichter tells a story of

The Stalker
May 27, 2010

Shortly after James Earl Ray shot and killed Martin Luther King, Ray’s father George confided to a reporter that he deemed James Earl the most ambitio

May 21, 2010

The modern fetish for “bipartisanship” and “consensus” as principled ends in themselves reflects what might be called the Clay Fallacy, which is the p

Istanbul, Constantinople
May 20, 2010

Turkish residents point to the way these two places of worship – one Armenian Christian, the other Muslim – exist adjacent to each other as historical

Was Tolstoy Right?
May 12, 2010

Dominic Lieven's new book is all about the foresight and genius of generals – and politicians as well. More specifically, it is about the foresight an

Heirs to the Throne
May 11, 2010

As Robert Alter puts it in his new study, America, even more than England itself, was affected by a “biblicizing impulse”: “It was in America that the

Colonial Burden
May 06, 2010

Ted Morgan’s new book about Dien Bien Phu documents the moment when the politics of Vietnam pivoted, and the liberal faith that anti-colonialism and a