The Invisible Prime Minister
Clement Attlee was a much better politician, and a much more learned man, than popular memory gives him credit for.
More Able Than Kane
Yes, Citizen Kane is great, but that’s not the half of it. The more Orson Welles was forced to improvise and budget down, the better he got.
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.