Spy v. Spy: How a Double Agent Won D-Day for the Allies
October 19, 2012

Juan Pujol, who never fought on the front lines, is not a Stephen Ambrose–style war hero. He was, at his core, a con man.

Art, Science, and Spice—The Evolution of the Kitchen and Its Contents
October 16, 2012

Consider the Fork is a wide-ranging historical road map of the influence of culture on cuisine.

The Life and Death of a Capital
September 27, 2012

Throughout the 1920s, the national capital became a by-word for artistic experimentation, and hedonism of every variety.

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