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