Slandered by craven abolitionists as unhinged, John Brown was in fact an eloquent, cool-headed tactician who succeeded in his long-range plan: launching a civil war
Alongside a "peace" demonstration in London, a crisis of micro-terrorism
Graham Greene's most fervent loyalty was to betrayal
The vaguely preposterous Stephen Spender spent a great deal more of his life "being a poet" than he ever did writing poetry. And yet beneath the surface he had a pith of seriousness and principle
Victor Klemperer's meticulous diaries of daily life under East Germany's "soul-smashing" Communists reveal a man trying to convince himself not that the system was wrong but that it was right
P. G. Wodehouse was a very advanced case of arrested development. Lucky for us
Turkey is everyone's idea of a "successful" modern Muslim state. A new novel will make you think twice
A new biography reaches the heart of the labyrinth—the intense and wondrous life of Jorge Luis Borges
Even for educated readers, Leon Trotsky survives as part kitsch and part caricature. But the reissue of a majestic biography reveals him as he always was—a prophetic moralist
The 1908 Boy Scout manual was, our reviewer writes, "one of the very few books of the twentieth century that actually led to the formation of a worldwide movement"
The life of W. Somerset Maugham was a good deal more "exquisite, dramatic, torrid, and tragic"—especially in his splendid Mediterranean exile—than any of his works
Edmund Burke understood before anyone else that revolutions devour their young—and turn into their opposites
Between Kipling and Fleming stands John Buchan, the father of the modern spy thriller
To be so perceptive and yet so innocent—that, in a phrase, is the achievement of Proust
The work of the writer Victor Serge faultlessly captures the labrynth of bureaucratic incrimination into which the Soviet Union descended
Mark Twain developed an enormous and subversive personality—but Fred Kaplan's new biography illuminates it only in flickers
Is there such a thing as "Englishness"—and if not, then why can't one imagine Samuel Johnson as an Italian?
The cosmopolitan Edward Said was ideally placed to explain East to West and West to East. What went wrong?
In his new book Sidney Blumenthal presents a disconcertingly cynical yet naive account of the Clinton years.