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Books and Culture Archive

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December 2012

Ryan L. Cole
Altogether Fitting and Proper | While not quite a classic, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is an impressive achievement.
December 26, 2012

James Panero
Typhoon Camille | As her new book shows, it’s difficult not to get swept up by Camille Paglia’s verve and passion.
December 7, 2012

November 2012

Guy F. Burnett
The Tragedy of Inaction | Robert Service chronicles the West’s early failure to take action against Bolshevism.
November 30, 2012

Stefan Kanfer
The Uses of Enchantment | The bestselling author of His Dark Materials enlivens 50 famous folk narratives.
November 27, 2012

Claire Berlinski
Is the Enemy Us? | Embracing—and challenging—Bruce Bawer’s powerful new book
November 23, 2012

Brian Domitrovic
To the Randians of All Parties | Why Ayn Rand’s economic arguments make sense—and why they’re ignored
November 19, 2012

Michael J. Totten
Ben Affleck’s Masterwork | The director’s new Argo, a great—and nonpartisan—political film
November 12, 2012

Stefan Kanfer
Stalin’s Sock Puppet | A new play makes Walter Duranty’s journalistic mendacity relevant to our own time.
November 5, 2012

October 2012

Harry Stein
The Democrats’ Jewish Problem | A new book revisits an uncomfortable—and ongoing—history.
October 23, 2012

Judah Bellin
The Politics of Impatience | For Michael Grunwald, the president’s vision matters more than his results.
October 14, 2012

Charles Upton Sahm
New York’s Education Reform Pioneers | Joe and Carol Reich helped start a charter school revolution.
October 10, 2012

Heather Mac Donald
A Visceral Tour de Force | Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall
October 9, 2012

Nicole Gelinas
Capitalism for Financial Capitalists | How Edward Conard learned to stop worrying and love the financial crisis
October 7, 2012

Matthew Hennessey
The Original National-Security Democrat | A new (and short) biography of Harry S. Truman
October 4, 2012

September 2012

Dalibor Rohac
A Complex World and Its Discontents | Who’s lagging behind in the modern economy, and what can we do about it?
September 28, 2012

Daniel J. Flynn
Flower-Colored Glasses | David Talbot cannot see San Francisco, or the sixties, with anything like objectivity.
September 25, 2012

Steven Greenhut
The Battle for Chicago and Beyond | Facing down government unions is essential to America’s future.
September 14, 2012

Theodore Dalrymple
Rejecting the European Project | Daniel Hannan’s book deserves a wide audience.
September 7, 2012

August 2012

Fred Siegel
The Middle Class and Its Enemies | Two books pose very different villains.
August 31, 2012

Heather Mac Donald
Breathing New Life into the Baroque | Two recent productions broaden the repertoire.
August 24, 2012

Judah Bellin
Not Dark Yet | Christopher Hayes misdiagnoses American meritocracy.
August 17, 2012

Charles C. Johnson
Six Hundred Pages in Search of an Insight | David Maraniss’s exhaustive, unilluminating Obama biography
August 10, 2012

Bruce S. Thornton
Before the Culture Fades | Roger Kimball’s ongoing work of preservation
August 3, 2012

July 2012

Nicole Gelinas
Rag Drag | How we became buried by clothes, and what to do about it
July 27, 2012

Nicole Gelinas
Decadence Destiny | How New Orleans got that way
July 20, 2012

Emily Washington
The Secret Life of Parking Lots | Could all this paved space have better uses?
July 13, 2012

Stefan Kanfer
List-o-mania | The Library of Congress’s arguable roster of “Books That Shaped America”
July 3, 2012

June 2012

Guy Sorman
Paul Krugman’s Follies | The Nobel-winning economist embraces fantasy.
June 24, 2012

Bruce S. Thornton
People Matter | Robert Zubrin’s powerful critique of antihumanism
June 22, 2012

Howard Husock
Back to the City | Young millennials prefer urban living, says Alan Ehrenhalt.
June 15, 2012

Heather Mac Donald
The Glories of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau | The late baritone brought incomparable skill and attention to the art song.
June 15, 2012

Ian Penman
Did He Feel Good? | James Brown’s epic life and career
June 8, 2012

Stefan Kanfer
The Nonagenarian Whiz Kid | Ray Bradbury, R.I.P.
June 7, 2012

Dane Stangler
Too Much Is Never Enough | Against the prevailing mood, two new books foresee an ever-brighter future.
June 6, 2012

Ryan L. Cole
Liking Ike | A new biography portrays an underrated leader.
June 1, 2012

May 2012

Daniel J. Flynn
Escape from Hunger | A North Korean survivor story
May 25, 2012

Jerry Weinberger
Food Rules! | Tyler Cowen’s useful new book helps ordinary diners find the good stuff.
May 18, 2012

Will Morrisey
Herbert Hoover’s Despairing Verve | The former president’s magnum opus on World War II is a revisionist’s delight.
May 16, 2012

Nicole Gelinas
What Should Never Be For Sale | Michael Sandel’s new book examines where markets and morals conflict.
May 11, 2012

Stefan Kanfer
“Children Are Tough” | Maurice Sendak, R.I.P.
May 10, 2012

April 2012

Herbert London
Social Conservatism’s Staying Power | A philosophy that the Right must not abandon
April 27, 2012

Theodore Dalrymple
Erecting a Tomb to Irish Sovereignty | Frank Buckley’s installation embodies Ireland’s financial catastrophe.
April 27, 2012

Gerald J. Russello
New York’s Hopeful, Precarious Future | A history of the modern city makes clear the challenges that lie ahead.
April 20, 2012

Stefan Kanfer
Written on the Wind | Nick Wallenda has high hopes of emulating the Great Blondin—but that will take some doing.
April 13, 2012

Dalibor Rohac
Dr. Boom | Philip Auerswald argues that entrepreneurs will spark growth worldwide.
April 3, 2012

March 2012

James Panero
The Greatness of the Grid | A museum exhibit celebrates the bicentennial of Manhattan’s innovative street plan.
March 23, 2012

Charles C. Johnson
“Bless Their Honest Irish Hearts” | Calvin Coolidge, unsung hero of Irish-Americans
March 16, 2012

Michael J. Totten
Hezbollah’s Relentless Rage | A gripping new history of Lebanon’s Party of God
March 9, 2012

Dane Stangler
Gifts of Freedom | A new history illustrates the intimate connection between philanthropy and democracy.
March 2, 2012

February 2012

Ryan L. Cole
Give Me Posterity | A new biography of Patrick Henry reveals a complicated but exemplary American.
February 17, 2012

Howard Husock
The Myths of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth | A new film laments the housing project’s failure for mostly the wrong reasons.
February 17, 2012

Bruce S. Thornton
Culture Matters | Ibn Warraq’s eloquent defense of Western civilization
February 3, 2012

January 2012

Guy Sorman
Steady As You Go | John Taylor’s new economic treatise would make helpful reading for our political leaders.
January 31, 2012

Kay S. Hymowitz
White Blight | Charles Murray depicts an increasingly two-tiered white America.
January 25, 2012

Fred Siegel
Nietzsche on Eggshells | A new book on the philosopher’s American reception soft-pedals his dark influence.
January 20, 2012

Brian Patrick Eha
A Legible Story of Place | Brooklyn’s fabled history, as told through its many great writers
January 13, 2012