An old-boy operation was transformed by women during World War II, and at last the unsung upstarts are getting their due.
How the “food revolution” turned us into snackers, guaranteeing the demise of healthy home cooking
A new anthology of sportswriting celebrates the poetry written in the press box.
Siri Hustvedt’s new novel explores fiction’s role in feminist consciousness-raising.
A daughter explores the dark secrets of a family legacy.
John Adams and John Quincy Adams’s virtuous disdain for partisanship was at the root of their failures.
A remarkable novel, Lost Children Archive, and a work of history, The End of the Myth, reckon with a walled border.
The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it.
Watching a neurosurgeon at work is awe- and cringe-inducing.
The celebrity poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon mesmerized a 19th-century public with hints of dark secrets.
A palliative-care doctor learns the language of suffering and the limits of medical control.
The chief justice writes fiercely conservative opinions, yet champions the Court’s political independence. How will he respond to a constitutional crisis?
What the battle between Herbert Hoover and FDR can teach us
David Thomson’s fascinating, and frustrating, tour of gay subversion and female oppression in American movies
A leading anthropologist suggests that protohumans became domesticated by killing off violent males.
He was a writer-artist ahead of his time, but Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and American culture have finally caught up.
A new biography squares the decorous legal figure with the feminist gladiator.
In Hark, the characters are distracted, and their author veers between satire and sincerity.
Chris Power’s debut collection, Mothers, reveals that maternity is an unsettling journey.
As tragedy approaches, she is stricken, broken—and at the height of her artistic powers.