Popularity Contest
September 11, 2012

Merry sweeps aside his best ideas with a torrent of clipped anecdotes, capsule critiques, and synoptic renderings.

The Myth of the Londoner
September 03, 2012

A sentimental attachment to the idea of “the Londoner” gets the better of these historians.

A Very Particular Place
August 22, 2012

As "part-returnee and part-tourist" Noo Saro-Wiwa chronicles Nigeria's path to globalism.

Revolutionary Road
August 14, 2012

John Dramani Mahama, whose memoir My First Coup d’Etat shows an uncommon literary ambition, in late July became the new president of Ghana.

Fitly Spoken
August 09, 2012

Alexander Tsesis's loving history of the Declaration of Independence is profoundly Lincolnian in story and premise.

The Full Scale of It
August 06, 2012

Antony Beevor’s forte as a military historian is that he manifests such a wide range of historical sympathy and historical imagination. But none of it

Was That the Way It Was?
July 23, 2012

The old regime of broadcast journalism is now passing, or has passed. The average age of a TV network news viewer is over sixty. We are now about two

The Other America
July 17, 2012

In 1871, Los Angeles was still a sleepy town, not even on the radar of most Californians. It was the real-life Deadwood of the West: twenty years ear

Coo-coo-ca-choo Mrs. Robinson
July 16, 2012

Kate Summerscale’s new book has neither that page-by-page excitement nor so formidable a collection of historical personages as characters as her earl

Lights, Camera, Fire
July 12, 2012

"No poetry after Auschwitz,” said Adorno. Except for Chaplin—who said that he wouldn’t have made The Great Dictator had he known about the Holocaust—f