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December 2010

Stefan Kanfer
The Master of Narrative, Invective, and Foresight | Mark Twain’s much-awaited autobiography
10 December 2010

November 2010

Stefan Kanfer
Illusions | Harry Houdini always stressed that his miraculous tricks were the product of art, not the supernatural.
19 November 2010

Gerald J. Russello
Undermining the Free Society | Kenneth Minogue warns of modern democracy’s threat to individual virtue.
12 November 2010

Anthony Paletta
Urban Renewal’s Human Costs | A history of postwar Manhattan developments shows the pitfalls of mass planning.
5 November 2010

October 2010

Ryan L. Cole
New York Crucible | A new book revisits one of the city’s worst heat waves and its political fallout.
22 October 2010

Steven Greenhut
Broken California | A new book offers weak electoral remedies for the state’s ongoing crisis.
18 October 2010

Fred Siegel
Tea and Hostility | Two new books show how alienated Americans have become from Washington.
3 October 2010

September 2010

Brendan Bernhard
Finding Fault with Freedom | Jonathan Franzen’s new novel: worth reading but flawed.
17 September 2010

Stefan Kanfer
Charlie Chan Captured | A new study of the Asian shamus finally gets him right.
10 September 2010

August 2010

Ryan L. Cole
The Storyteller | A Norman Rockwell exhibit captures the artist’s deep understanding of America.
27 August 2010

Heather Mac Donald
The Unsustainable Declinism of Greg Sandow | More on classical music’s new golden age
11 August 2010

Andrew Klavan
American Movies, Foreign Minds | Hollywood no longer honors our nation’s uniqueness.
6 August 2010

July 2010

Daniel J. Flynn
Unplugged | William Powers urges us to turn away from our computer screens.
16 July 2010

Steven Malanga
Pessimism-Proof | Matt Ridley’s provocative, if flawed, new book offers a sunny view of human progress.
9 July 2010

Harry Stein
Red All Over | Greg Gutfeld’s politically incorrect guide to living
2 July 2010

June 2010

Adam D. Thierer
A Media Welfare State? | We need a WPA for the press, Robert McChesney and John Nichols insist.
28 June 2010

Daniel J. Mahoney
An Independent Mind | Thomas Sowell’s prodigious intellect has long been at odds with intellectuals.
18 June 2010

Fred Siegel
John Lindsay’s Bright, Shining Failure | Reconsidering the career of New York’s matinee-idol mayor
10 June 2010

Sol Stern
A Bridge Too Short | Kai Bird’s one-sided Jerusalem memoir
8 June 2010

Marcus A. Winters
The Optimist | Paul Peterson’s history of education reform looks to a promising future.
4 June 2010

May 2010

Guy Sorman
The Prophet at Work | Some brand-new insights about Alexis de Tocqueville
28 May 2010

Laura Vanderkam
Promise Keepers | Will it make any difference in the real world if MBA graduates sign an ethics code?
21 May 2010

Stefan Kanfer
Festival of Contradictions | A magisterial new biography of press lord Henry Luce
14 May 2010

Daniel J. Flynn
Jim Jones’s Tenured Apologist | Thirty years after Jonestown, Rebecca Moore tries to rehabilitate Peoples Temple.
7 May 2010

April 2010

Guy Sorman
Afraid of Confucius | Stefan Halper and the threat of the Chinese model
30 April 2010

Andrew Klavan
Celebrating the Good Stuff | Conservatives should embrace more of our popular culture.
16 April 2010

Dimitri Cavalli
Bronx O-bombers | Did a new Democratic president help restore the Yankees to World Series glory?
2 April 2010

March 2010

Guy Sorman
The Invention of Pop Economics | Joseph Stiglitz should win a second Nobel Prize, this time for fiction.
26 March 2010

Adam D. Thierer
The Digital Skeptic | Though overly pessimistic, Jaron Lanier raises important concerns about our technological future.
12 March 2010

Laura Vanderkam
What Drives Us | Fulfillment, not money, says Daniel Pink’s new study.
5 March 2010

February 2010

Stefan Kanfer
Matters of Life and Death | Two fathers’ memoirs show that grief has no political affiliation.
19 February 2010

Gerald J. Russello
Thriving with Thrift | Americans must recapture their old habits of frugality and restraint.
12 February 2010

Guy Sorman
The Paradox of Jewish Capitalists | Are the beneficiaries of free markets also its most ardent opponents?
5 February 2010

January 2010

Leslie S. Lebl
Sharia’s Dominion | Two books argue that repression, cruelty, and fear are central to Islam.
29 January 2010

Andrew J. Coulson
Tough Love | How Ben Chavis works education wonders
28 January 2010

Edward Feser
Twilight of the Mad Men | Fred Kaplan’s engaging history of 1959
22 January 2010

Andrew Klavan
The Hurt Locker Question | The first honest Iraq movie or just a slicker version of Hollywood’s anti-Americanism?
15 January 2010

Richard M. Reinsch
Madison’s Gift to America | A new study points to the Virginian’s emphasis on civic virtue.
15 January 2010

Paul Beston
Glass Half Empty | Barbara Ehrenreich, scourge of smiley faces
8 January 2010