Books, Film, and History

April 20, 2014

Gendered Orientalism

Lila Abu-Lughod claims that the supposedly oppressed women of the Muslim world don’t need the help of the enlightened West. Turns out, she’s right.


The Eclectic Brilliance of Edmund Phelps

A 2006 Nobel laureate in economics reaches across disciplines to explore the nature of innovation.



A lot of journalists love to hate Rupert Murdoch. One too many, perhaps?


Soul Liberation

When American black vocalists and songwriters did their thing in the Sixties, they made political waves as well as music, whether they intended to or not.

March 30, 2014
Close Shaves in Ukraine

The Well-Groomed Autocrat

To understand what makes a dictator tick—and what separates today’s tin-pots from the tyrants of the past century—imagine you’re the man who cuts his hair.

March 17, 2014
Progressives at prayer

The Rise of Secular Religion

Today’s secular liberals are the direct descendants of the past century’s Puritans and Protestants, deeply concerned with matters of sin and salvation in the church of politics.

February 27, 2014

Art Breakers

“Damage Control,” a new show at the Hirshhorn museum, explores the death drive, the beauty in destruction, and the aftermath of the Cold War.

February 21, 2014

The Not-So-Big Man on Campus

College presidents are difficult to hire but all too easy to send packing. How can we make the college presidency a force for good?

February 11, 2014
Cops and Robbers

The Corruption Contagion

Corruption, one of the most pernicious threats to global security and prosperity, thrives because it hides in plain sight. A provocative new book by Laurence Cockcroft helps us get around the thorny question of how to define it.

January 30, 2014

The Square and Egypt’s Never-ending Revolution

A new Netflix documentary about the Arab Spring is tailor-made for a Western audience. It all-too-easily glides over some of the thornier realities of today’s Egypt.

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