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

The Origins of Slaughter
January 05, 2011

Pakistan is not just any failed state. With a population just under 180 million, it has nationals well qualified in sciences and the professions; a la

Churchman and Statesman
December 27, 2010

Bob Drinan’s life certainly requires a good biography, but this is not a good biography or even a good book. Riddled with the kinds of factual mistake

After the Revolution
December 15, 2010

What Ever Happened To Modernism? is at once a polemic and a rigorous exposition of certain aspects of modernist practice. Like other such works on thi

Edited Out
December 09, 2010

Tablet and Pen includes writing in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, as one would expect, but no Hebrew writers. But why? Tablet and Pen is really an anth

On His Majesty’s Secret Service
December 08, 2010

Keith Jeffery’s history of MI6 has all the strengths and weaknesses of many authorized institutional histories, being very long, very authoritative, v

Yet Another Disgrace
November 28, 2010

A UCLA history professor who found himself working for the United Nations in East Timor during the worst days of the 1999 violence, Geoffrey Robinson

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