A Hollywood legend’s vivid and honest portrait of the studio era
Atlantic literary editor Benjamin Schwarz picks the 25 best in a crowded field
What’s wrong—and what’s gloriously right—with AMC’s hit show
Dashed hopes, less sex, even more Sisyphean labor for women—what the histories of the Depression era tell us about middle-class families in crisis, both then and now
The latest volume of Kevin Starr’s history chronicles the triumph—and points toward the tragedy—of the Golden State’s Good Life
During the fashion boom that began in the 1980s, the relationship between fashion and its customers was the same as the one between art and its rich, often unlovely patrons: all that money sloshing around led to excessive consumption, but it also created a fertile soil in which works of beauty and integrity could develop. Last year that boom ended with breathtaking rapidity and finality. Luckily, a contingent of people at the heart of American fashion has for years been readying for post-crash style.
New histories reveal that the Nazi Regime deliberately insinuated knowledge of the Final Solution, devilishly making Germans complicit in the crime and binding them, with guilt and dread, to their leaders.
Three books on three couturiers who rank among the greatest America has produced
A new report from the country’s top intelligence office predicts a fundamental change in America’s foreign policy—but not the change Barack Obama has promised.
An epochal new book argues that the events of history we think consequential and monumental are, mostly, trivia
An infuriating, idiosyncratic critic can’t help but be elegiac in cataloguing the history of film.
Editor’s Choice: The new “white people” are bigoted, but not the way you think—or they’ll admit.
Editor’s Choice: A new book showcases the jewelry of Ted Muehling, whose earnest, untrendy work reaches the height of stylishness.
Editor’s Choice: Oscar Niemeyer’s work continues to enchant and appall students of architecture and urban planning.
Editor’s Choice: A panoramic new history brilliantly mixes the seismic and the everyday.
Editor’s Choice: How the Blitz saved Britain
Editor’s Choice: When postwar modernism went west, it dropped the angst—and transformed a culture.
Editor’s Choice: How Dior’s and Balenciaga’s competing visions of style and women revived high fashion
Editor’s Choice: Womanizer, bribe-taker, statesman—the cynically brilliant Talleyrand inspired an equally colorful biographer.