History

The Professor: Jill Lepore's Fatal Flaw
November 04, 2012

The virtues of this collection are overshadowed by Lepore’s campaign against popular historians.

Poets, Protesters, and Proletarians—Oddballs of the Nineteenth Century
November 02, 2012

Seldes wanted to show that there was a greater logic to the apparent cacophony of nineteenth-century enthusiasms.

The End of a Friendship and the Start of the Cold War
October 30, 2012

For Frank Costigliola, the Cold War began the day Roosevelt died.

Why Democrats Need the White Working Class
October 24, 2012

What’s The Matter with White People is really about what’s the matter with the white working class.

The Poet Politician—Chinua Achebe’s Civil War
October 22, 2012

There Was a Country, a personal memoir, is a literal explanation of what happens when “the center cannot hold.”

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.

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