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Utopianism Redux

The re-publication of Leszek Kolakowski’s magisterial Main Currents of Marxism is cause for celebration. The migration of the utopian illusion he understood so well is not.

What is a War Crime?

What do recent trials of Slobedan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein have to do with venerable postwar legacy of Nuremberg? Not enough.

Old Master

Cultural critic Phillip Rieff has been a man of few but powerful words. Now, at age 84, he has published the first volume of a new trilogy.

Tales of the Raj

The Ruling Caste is the best book on the British civilians who ruled India in 50 years. Americans might learn something from it.

Goliathan

Michael Mandelbaum’s The Case for Goliath likens America’s global role to that of a government. A distinguished French observer, astonishingly agrees.

Rewriting Oneself

The dean of Middle Eastern studies recounts how he came to write-and rewrite-The Arabs in History.

Old Hickory Switch

The age of Jackson is an oft-neglected chapter in American History, but three new books take up the challenge.

The Fall Gal

Two years after the Abu Ghraib story came to light, we still haven't gotten to the bottom of its darkness.

America's Critic

Edmund Wilson was a man of immense erudition, and many quirks. Few biographers can hope to do him justice; his most recent one hasn't.

Garden or Wilderness?

Leo Marx's strikingly original account of how 19th-century Americans tried to refashion the pastoral ideal still resonates.

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AFTER ISIS

With the Iraqi government’s move to retake Kirkuk, it’s time for the U.S. to start planning for just how bad things could get.

Counting Carbon

The EIA projects US energy-related greenhouse gas emissions will continue to fall this year.

European Disunion

In forcing Catalonia to clarify its intentions on independence, Madrid is chipping away at the separatists’ facade of unity.

Development and Its Discontents

A new data dive offers mixed evidence, confirming some prevailing narratives and confounding others.

Echo Chamber Redux

Americans deserve in-depth commentary and analysis about the merits and faults of the Iran nuclear deal. They are not getting it.

Spy Games

Another disturbing chapter in the Obama-era spy wars.

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