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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.

Immigration, Civic Culture and Liberal Order

A French-born observer examines two new books on immigration and the challenges of American civic nationalism.

The Strange Journey of a Bad Idea

The Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt authored a political philosophy that retains appeal in some surprising places.

Tinseltown's Tin Ear

Hollywood is having box office troubles; a review of some recent and prospective films shows why.

Family Guys

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.

Reading 9/11

A guide to the hundreds of books that have been written in the past four years about Islamist terrorism and the 9/11 attacks.

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The Mueller Effect

Could it be that the President is less worried about the probe of his Russia dealings than about a general investigation with no set limits?

Crude Economics

Ecuador is ignoring OPEC demands to reduce output.

1990s Redux

The result came down to ethnocultural identification among the decision-makers more than lawyerly arguments and fact-checks.

lower education

American high schools are giving out higher and higher grades even as real academic ability stagnates.

Netanyahu in Europe

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic agree that the EU should stand closer with Israel.

*cough* climate leadership *cough*

Greens might want to hold off on anointing Beijing as the next global green leader.

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