Field of Fright
It’s hard to think of a worse fit for the job of National Security Advisor than Michael Flynn—and that assessment has nothing to do with any of his alleged contacts with Russian officials.
War movies can only be as serious as the wars they depict—and only as serious as we Americans are about fighting them.
Mario Vargas Llosa and His Authoritarians
What Conrad achieved in Nostromo, Vargas Llosa matches in Cinco Esquinas, which describes 1990s Peru under strongman President Alberto Fujimori and his Rasputin-like palace adviser.
Selling the Good News
Two television dramas about the advertising business—one recent and the other from the 1980s—show us how much American society has changed.
TV’s Antidote to Trump
David Simon’s under-appreciated Show Me a Hero offers hope that racial divides can be mended, and past injustices overcome.
Empires of Multiplicity
Two new books give us revisionist accounts of the histories of the Holy Roman and Austrian Empires.