Original Sins A Race to Nowhere
Were Jim Crow and American eugenics laws the models for Nazi race law?
Inequality Luck, Chance, and Taxes
Luck has more to do with economic success than Americans like to believe. Robert Frank’s new book challenges us to reckon honestly with fortune, and what it means for social policy.
American Religion Faithfully Civil
A worthy appeal for that old-time (civil) religion, but one that is likely to be disappointed.
Retroview Through the Mist
Lord Robert Vansittart took the measure of Germany in the 20th century before most of his peers. His writings may foreshadow the dangers of Russia in the 21st.
Globalization The Iceberg Cometh
It’s a new convergence of the twain: The iceberg of anti-globalism approaches the ship of Western democracy.
Identity and Art The Mists of Scorsese’s Silence
The auteur’s latest offering, decades in the making, provides a meditative look at adventure, faith, cultural clashes, and redemption.
Asia's Game of Thrones The Pacific Power
Michael Green’s By More Than Providence is an insightful study—combining theory, history, and experience—of American grand strategy in Asia. It’s also a practical guide for extending American influence and power in the region.
Thrillers The Way We Live Now
George Walden’s “Tony Underwood” trilogy reveals truths only fiction can tell.
Panglossian Harmony All for the Best
City Opera’s revived production of Candide is a bleak, and hilarious, musical comedy—equal parts light opera and brutal savaging thereof.
Out Like Flynn 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.
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