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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.

Immigration, Civic Culture and Liberal Order

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

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Oh Snap

Is Shinzo Abe repeating the mistakes of Theresa May?

Setting Sun

President Trump now has the option to levy import tariffs on solar panels that caused “serious injury” to U.S. producers.

the new culture wars

The policy that set in motion a fierce culture war over young people, sex, and the meaning of consent is no more.

Rogue Nations

Trump’s simultaneous confrontation of Pyongyang and Tehran could have unintended consequences.

Pricing Carbon

Interest in cap and trade has waxed—not waned—after Trump’s decision to pull out of Paris.

Spanish Secession

The EU is walking a fine line as it uneasily backs Spain’s clampdown on Catalan separatists.

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