Roger Shattuck (1923–2005) was an American writer and scholar of French culture. He taught at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, where he was named University Professor. His books includeForbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography.

IN THE REVIEW

In the Thick of Things

Malraux: A Life

by Olivier Todd, translated from the French by Joseph West

André Malraux: A Biography

by Curtis Cate
With remarkable equanimity, we have since 2001 assimilated into our political metabolism a new Department of Homeland Security, complete with a presidentially appointed secretary, swarming bureaucracy, and enhanced budget. The department already occupies an important position in the Washington pecking order. On the other hand, it is not hard to …

The Shame of the Schools

The great truths in education turn out to be half-truths in search of their other half. On Town Meeting Day in March 2000, some four hundred legal residents of Lincoln, Vermont, elected me to a three-year term on the board of Mt. Abraham Union High School, located in neighboring Bristol.

A World of Words

“That [Helen Keller] has told her story, and told it so well, is half the story itself.” —John Macy, 1902 At age twenty-three, still a sophomore at Radcliffe College, collaborating with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, and with her young editorial assistant, John Macy, Helen Keller published The Story of …

Tumult in the Clouds

Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention

by Peter L. Jakab

Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity through the First World War

by Richard P. Hallion
Once in a faraway land bounded on all sides by a treacherous river, the King became unusually restless. He was sure that the pastures and the savannas on the other side of the river were more fertile than his. But no one knew how to cross those turbulent waters. The …