Elizabeth Bishop's Poems and Prose; James Gleick's The Information.
With a sharp eye for cultural patterns and a keen feel for the shape of a story, Claude Lévi-Strauss was a poet in the laboratory of anthropology.
Like Siberia itself, Ian Frazier's Travels in Siberia seems simply to drift off into the distance.
Habeas corpus rescued Walter Rideau from an unjust prison sentence, but during its long history the great writ has been used to muffle the sighs of prisoners as much as to relieve them.
Can the world sustain a country the size of China with an appetite for the good things in life on par with America's?
Timothy Garton Ash is a fine writer of "analytic reportage," but his work has lately displayed symptoms of columnitis.
The continuous readjustment of expectations downward: For historians like Jefferson Cowie and Judith Stein, that was the key experience of the 1970s.
Christine Stansell's The Feminist Promise is a landmark book, yet is indifferent to the role of ideas in feminism's history.
In Our Orbit: Tom Engelhardt's The American Way of War.
The myths and misconceptions that distort the beauty and problems of the Plains.