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.
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.
Tinseltown's Tin Ear
Hollywood is having box office troubles; a review of some recent and prospective films shows why.
Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has turned one hundred years old. An eminent economic historian provides a slice-of-life illustration of Weber's wisdom.
The Gloryland Chorus
Robert Wuthnow worries that America's traditional "live and let live" approach to religious diversity isn't good enough. He seeks a more engaged pluralism, but his own analysis suggests he's not likely to get it.
A guide to the hundreds of books that have been written in the past four years about Islamist terrorism and the 9/11 attacks.