Reviews
The Pervasive Challenge of Kleptocracy
Defeating the Hydra

Can we imagine a world where greed is not the main driver of events? If liberal democracy is to survive, we have to try.

Environmentalism
Apocalypse Now?

Sane policymaking always grapples with trade-offs. Environmental policymaking should be no different.

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A Hidden Life
Portrait of an Ordinary Nazi

Daniel Lee’s new book about his surprise discovery of an SS officer’s hidden files gives us a rare look into the lives of the countless bureaucratic enablers who kept the Nazi machine running.

Democracy vs. Autocracy
Who Has the Right Stuff?

Matthew Kroenig’s new book makes a strong, grounded case that democracies have clear strategic advantages over their autocratic rivals.

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Filthy Rich
Russian Cash and Duplicity—and Our Greed and Complacency

Catherin Belton’s new book lifts the veil on Russia’s decades-long influence operations in the United States and United Kingdom.

Free Jazz
Ornette Coleman and the Contrarian’s Lot

Being contrarian is easy. Sticking with it is the hard part, as Maria Golia’s new book on the jazz saxophonist shows.

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The Literary Life
The Enduring Chill of Flannery O’Connor

A new documentary captures the steely genius and hard-earned faith of the great Southern Gothic writer.

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Philosopher of the Heart
How Should One Live?

This is the question that tormented Søren Kierkegaard, perhaps the first great philosopher to process our modern world—and it comes to life in Clare Carlisle’s unconventional new biography.

Who Are We?
The Errors of Rationalism

A new novel by Christopher Beha catalogues them one by one—and reminds us why human beings are worth writing about.

discipline and punish
August Vollmer and the Sins of the Father

A biography of “the father of American policing” offers timely insights into his progressive, professional approach to policing, but fails to grapple with the darker side of his legacy.

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