Retroview A Man After Sixty Seasons
The life of Thomas More, as cast in literary amber in both Britain and America, has remarkable appeal to diverse audiences with incommensurate passions.
Reviews The Muppet Man
The first full-length biography of Jim Henson is not all that it could be, but fosters new appreciation for an American creative genius.
Reviews The Accidental Ambassador
Professor William E. Dodd, FDR’s envoy to Germany from 1933 to 1937, got curiously lost in the postwar historical shuffle, despite his early warnings about rising evil in Hitler’s Berlin. His story is newly relevant, and three very different books, read together, explain why.
Picking Up the Pieces Vietnam’s Class War
Setting up an American-style university in Vietnam has got to be easier than winning a war, doesn’t it?
Picking Up the Pieces Banking on Somalia
Somalia’s informal banking system is one of the only coherent institutions in the country—so why is U.S. policy undermining it?
Picking Up the Pieces Unraveling Afghanistan
Having spun an artificial Afghan state into existence, we can’t leave without it crashing into the ground.
The Ties That Used to Bind The MOOC Fraud
You can’t consume an education; you can only earn it.
The Ties That Used to Bind Beating the IRS
When the IRS takes a budgetary and political beating, the entire country ultimately feels the pain.
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