Book Reviews

Seconds from Midnight

Busting the myth that skilled diplomacy saved the world

by Gregg Herken | Friday, April 16, 2021

Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis · by Serhii Plokhy

Swimming the River of Song

How a young scholar demystified the ancient oral tradition

by A. E. Stallings | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Hearing Homer’s Song: The Brief Life and Big Idea of Milman Parry · by Robert Kanigel

Surviving the Anthropocene

Can we reverse-engineer our way out of catastrophe?

by Stephen J. Pyne | Monday, April 12, 2021

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future · by Elizabeth Kolbert

TV's Founding Mothers

The women who turned the small screen into a cultural phenomenon

by Jayne Ross | Monday, April 05, 2021

When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today · by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

The celebrated depiction of a miracle is, by its very survival, a miracle in itself

by Meryle Secrest | Thursday, March 18, 2021

Plunder: Napoleon’s Theft of Veronese’s Feast · by Cynthia Saltzman

Artist of Excess

The man who painted his century’s nightmare

by Sierra Bellows | Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Francis Bacon: Revelations · by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan

Order Amid Chaos

A poet-scientist considers the imponderables of existence

by Sam Kean | Monday, February 15, 2021

Probable Impossibilities: Musings on Beginnings and Endings · by Alan Lightman

Cultural or Criminal?

How to explain Texas’s hunger for executions

by Lincoln Caplan | Monday, February 08, 2021

Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty · by Maurice Chammah

Family Secrets

A writer’s personal quest to expose a mass murderer who escaped punishment

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, February 01, 2021

The Ratline: The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive · by Philippe Sands

Outbreaks and Outcomes

Plagues thrive on more than just pathogens

by Graeme Wood | Monday, December 21, 2020

Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History · by Paul Farmer

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