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

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