Reviews of Books

The Prophet of Ordinary Unhappiness

The world wallowed in hysterical misery; Freud offered to replace it with ordinary unhappiness. 

Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man?

Sex and gender in 2018.

One Nation

Sovereignty has returned with a vengeance.

Imperialism, American-Style

Involvement in the world provides both benefit and danger.

An Honest Conversation about Race

We can never get enough race talk.

He's History

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s political histories came up short.

Missing the Point

What are we to make of Madison’s revisions to his notes?

Rehabilitating Grant

Does U.S. Grant deserve his sordid reputation?

The Great Dismantler

Mikhail Gorbachev deserves praise for dismantling the Evil Empire.

The Past is Prologue

China's Communist Party changes its past to help preserve its power in the present.

Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Rome's slow softening prepared the path for Christianity’s success.

The Figure in the Carpet

When reading, never give short shrift to the obvious.

Misreading Montaigne

Montaigne's aspiration was to shape the politics of the future.

A Man of Accomplishment

How to build an entrepreneurial life.