“What does it mean to understand man well enough to create one?” The question is posed in Plug & Pray, a fascinating 2010 documentary about robotics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) by the German filmmaker Jens Schanze. The person asking the question is not one of the A.I. true bel ...
A review of four new books on Napoleon.
A review of Reagan: The Life, by H.W. Brands.
A review of Obama's Time: A History, by Morton Keller.
Our Declaration very author should be so lucky to have a reader as thoughtful and committed to careful reading as Diana Schaub (“Equality and Liberty,” Winter 2014/15). She gets a lot right, a few small things wrong, and raises three related issues that are worth engaging at length. T ...
A review of Carl Schmitt: A Biography, by Reinhard Mehring.
A review of three new books on big government, the administrative state, and saving self-government.
A review of What's Wrong with Homosexuality, by John Corvino, and Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything, by Robert Reilly.
A review of Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land, by Robert Crawford.
A review of Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement, by Thomas Geoghegan.
A review of Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again, by Peter J. Wallison
The tendentious and obscurantist jargon of the academy is an old story, but makes for a great trivia challenge: invent a completely implausible title for a scholarly journal, and odds are that it actually exists. My favorite at the moment is the International Journal of Fuzzy Systems, which—ac ...
A review of Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language, by Clive James
A review of America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, by Bret Stephens.
The great contest in 2016.
I begin by offering the trustees of my alma mater, Williams College, a bit of advice...
Students of Abraham Lincoln marvel that, when not quite 29, he warned of a towering genius...
A review of The Forgotten Depression: 1921, the Crash that Cured Itself, by James Grant
A review of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Robert D. Putnam
From the New Frontier to the final frontier.
A review of Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
A review of The Constitution: An Introduction, by Michael Stokes Paulsen and Luke Paulsen
World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II
There are worse things to believe in than nothing.
The rise of campus authoritarianism.
D.W. Griffith, once a famous film pioneer, is remembered for just one thing today...