A Maine Childhood, Twice Told
A memoir of a girl’s Maine childhood considered by another Maine memoirist, with sixty years—and a class divide—separating the two.
The Great Stall
Will China finish the economic transformation it has so successfully begun, or will it crash along the way?
Reagan as History
Can any one biography do justice to the life and accomplishments of America’s fortieth President?
Notes from the Edge
William Perry’s new memoir aims to sound the alarm about a rebirth of the nuclear threat. But his book lacks the sensationalism that might have attracted a wider audience.
ISIS vs. History
What the rise and fall of a 12th-century Islamic empire does (and doesn’t) tell us about the rise (and fall?) of ISIS.
Greater Than Gatsby
We ought to be borne back ceaselessly into Fitzgerald’s genius—and not just to his reputed masterwork.
Information Overload or a Search for Meaning?
Our society is supposedly drowning in a flood of information brought on by the frenzied pace of technological change. A tour through history, however, shows us that these concerns are nothing new.