David Brooks’s latest book highlights a critical theme, but ends up lamenting one form of shallowness by dint of another.
The history of money is more than meets the eye: We shape it and then it shapes us.
The Centralization Paradox
Martha Derthick understood that an over-centralized Federal system can coexist with a relatively weak Executive, concocting a formula for American political dysfunction.
Feckless, strategy-less bombing campaigns cannot defeat the Islamic State. We need an approach that recognizes and engages local social realities.
A Doctor in the House
Distributed systems of personalized medicine will deliver higher-quality care at lower cost. Home visits will be a major part of the mix.
The Waverly Vet
A dozen Underground Railroad travelers returned south from their refuge in Pennsylvania to fight for the Union. George Keys was one of the few to survive the ordeal.
Crash Their Comms
Jihadi use of the internet and social media has become increasingly sophisticated and dangerous in the dawning era of cyberwar. We must close down their websites, not write reports on them.
Blues Upside Your Head
New collections of classic works by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters enable a better appreciation of a beloved but understudied genre of American music.
Your Brain on Screens
Addiction to mediated images is imbecilizing America’s youth. The energy-cost functions of our still-Stone Age brain explain both how and why.