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Amy Wilentz

The tension between the personal and the political permeates new books on Haiti by Amy Wilentz and Jonathan M. Katz.

Can recordings of classical music ever be in concert with concert hall performances?

Timothy Melley

How thrillers inform spycraft, and the fictions that belie them both.

Edward Luttwak

Edward Luttwack’’s The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy

What are the new rules of the political game in the Middle East? Nobody knows, but Marc Lynch’s The Arab Uprising is a useful guide.

FBI agent Donald Jones and his colleagues conducting surveillance of Berkeley pr

How in 1960s Berkeley the state waged a two-front war to stamp out opponents, real and imagined, to its rule.

How the twentieth century’s confidence in social solidarity, human dignity and a better future died a slow, quiet death.

J. Edgar Hoover, 1961

Tim Weiner’s Enemies is not so much a history of the FBI as a compendium of interesting historical material.

The hollowing out of America, up close and personal.


A new book takes exciting and historic trends a step too far.

March 23, 2012

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 6, 2011