Like his hero, Orwell, Christopher prized bravery above all other qualities—and in particular the bravery required for unflinching honesty.
Plus a history of the Bank of England
The Atlantic’s literary editor picks the five best of the crop.
New York's crime drop; T. S. Eliot's dark days
Ambrose Bierce’s astringent prose style reflects the severity of his vision.
A new history vividly describes the agony and uncertainty of the journey west by America’s pioneers.
Beverly Cleary’s body of work shows why topicality derails great literature.
HBO’s Mildred Pierce is based on James M. Cain’s book that has to go down as one of the great failures of American fiction.
A new memoir uses an exquisite collection of figurines to evoke one family's devastating history.
Louis Sullivan, the author of the modernist skyline, is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
Fifteen additional picks
Benjamin Schwarz picks the five best of the crop.
H. L. Mencken trained American intellectuals in what to like—and how to rebel.
How a subculture gained the world and lost its soul
How the numbers game shaped Harlem
Chicago is the finest architectural city in the United States, Benjamin Schwarz writes. But the story includes a rueful note.
Manhattan never was what we think it was.
A new book argues that play may be the primary means nature has found to develop our brains.
A grand history and an elegiac new film explore Britain’s recent, and irrecoverable, past.
Louise Baring's new book focuses on fashion photographer Norman Parkinson, who captured the charm, wit, and intelligence of feminine beauty