Warriors, Hot and Cold
September 02, 2010

Paul Nitze’s grandson has written a dual biography of George Kennan ('the dove') and Nitze ('the hawk'), which aims to illustrate how the United State

Hope and Play
August 25, 2010

Readers of history should be grateful for the appearance of this short book. Natalie Zemon Davis is not only one of the greatest living historians—the

The Lingering War
August 09, 2010

Now we have this short and accessible account, which, according to its publicity material, is designed to become the standard popular text on “the for

The Do-Gooder
July 26, 2010

This book is too authoritative and independent to be reduced to the gadfly position of contrarianism: it is a judicious, penetrating measure of the ma

Known Unknowns
July 16, 2010

General Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord was the Chief of Army Command until shortly after Hitler rose to power. He is a fascinating figure—brilliant at a

The Ring and the Crack
July 02, 2010

It would be easy to assume that the flag and the anthem have always been the central cultural symbols of our nationality. But in fact that has not bee

The Death Lovers
June 29, 2010

This terrific history of, and manifesto against, bullfighting was written by the French art historian Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier. She falls squarely in

The Iceman Cometh
June 23, 2010

In his uniformly excellent book, Anthony Brandt describes how—in the wake of Waterloo and Trafalgar—the British Empire emerged as the premier European

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