The boundaries that the Allies' mapmakers drew during the war created conflicts that persist a century later.
The charming, sinister G. K. Chesterton
Questioning the moral heroism of India’s most revered figure
The writings of the martyred socialist Rosa Luxemburg give a plaintive view of history’s paths not taken.
How the most exasperating of poets met his match
A history of the Baghdad Express illuminates the resilience of politicized Islam.
Tony Blair’s memoir reveals him to be neither a cynic nor an innocent, but a man of some principle.
The toxin of anti-Semitism isn’t a threat only to Jews.
Why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men
Kai Bird’s affecting personal history of the Arab-Israeli tangle
Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is a service to the history it depicts, and puts the author in the very first rank of historical novelists.
The haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard
Arthur Koestler’s manic intellectual career
Is leading one’s own troops to slaughter ever justified?
The smug satire of liberal humorists debases our comedy—and our national conversation.
A new memoir by the politician’s wife shows that the pain of infidelity pales in comparison to the loss of a child.
The cruelty and degeneracy the future president was subjected to in his youth forged his iron will
In a restored edition of a great classic, sexual anxiety looms large.
Edward Upward was one of the only writers of the ’30s to deal with Britain’s elephant in the room—fascism—but his career was forever warped by his communism.
What the author of Das Kapital reveals about the current economic crisis