Janet Malcolm can be brutal in her judgments, but it is the casual brutality of keen observation.
The Social Animal is a deep and public embarrassment, a lumpy hybrid of fable, neuroscience and social engineering.
John Kenneth Galbraith was a satirist of economics as much as a practitioner of it.
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.