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 LOCK-ICON

Involvement in the world provides both benefit and danger.

An Honest Conversation about Race LOCK-ICON

We can never get enough race talk.

He's History LOCK-ICON

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 LOCK-ICON

Mikhail Gorbachev deserves praise for dismantling the Evil Empire.

The Past is Prologue LOCK-ICON

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

Slouching Toward Bethlehem LOCK-ICON

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

The Figure in the Carpet LOCK-ICON

When reading, never give short shrift to the obvious.

Misreading Montaigne LOCK-ICON

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

A Man of Accomplishment LOCK-ICON

How to build an entrepreneurial life.