Retroviews Fromm 1941 to Now
Sometimes even flawed books have their merits. Take Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom…
Radical Sacrifice The Useful Errors of Terry Eagleton
Eagleton’s diagnosis of the central problem of postmodernity is spot-on, even if his denials of his own postmodern outlook are less convincing.
Continent in Crisis After Union, the Deluge
In a searing new book, Ian Kearns reckons with the European Union’s many failures—and offers a disturbing prediction of its collapse.
Contagions and Control Plucking Out the Heart
Damon Centola’s new book offers real insights into how ideas and behaviors can spread—but its implications for social control are ominous.
Children or Job Seekers? The Debate over Underage Migration
Three recent books delve into the tough issues posed by underage migrants—and illuminate their oft-misunderstood reasons for coming here.
Yellow Journalism Only a Pawn in Their Game
Seymour Hersh’s memoir reveals not a fearless reporter but a useful idiot: a man who spent a lifetime channeling faulty intelligence in a game of intrigue he did not understand.
At the Movies The Bad Faith of First Reformed
For all its arthouse pretensions, Paul Schrader’s latest provides a clichéd Hollywood treatment of faith: all doubt and agony, no joy or grace.
Life of the Mind To Think or Not to Think?
Alan Jacobs’s latest book is a guide for thinking seriously in an age of distraction—but it falls prey to the very kind of habits which he aims to counter.
Russia Today The Hot Peace We Have
Though it has its blindspots, Mike McFaul’s memoir of his time as Obama’s main Russia hand is an enlightening and important read—especially with Trump now at the wheel.
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