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The Heights of Charm

‘His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt’ by Joseph Lelyveld

His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt

by Joseph Lelyveld


The Genius of a Neighbor

Map: Collected and Last Poems

by Wisława Szymborska, translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak


US Politics: As Low as It Gets

Trump may lose, but the causes of his rise will linger

‘Panthers After the Kill’

Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France

an exhibition at the Frick Collection, New York City, July 12–October 2, 2016


US Cyber Weapons: Our ‘Demon Pinball’

Zero Days

a documentary film directed by Alex Gibney


Sy Hersh and Osama bin Laden: The Right and the Wrong

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

by Seymour M. Hersh


The Killer Cats Are Winning!

Are cats an environmental menace?

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella


Say What You Will?

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

by Timothy Garton Ash


The Triumph of Jenny Diski

In Gratitude

by Jenny Diski


Tips for the Hindu Man-About-Town

Redeeming the Kamasutra

by Wendy Doniger


The Quiet Power of Maya Lin

The architect has freed herself from the entrapments of the infernal fame machine

Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Inside Story

by Robert W. Doubek

Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11

by Harriet F. Senie

Maya Lin: Topologies

with a foreword by John McPhee and essays by Michael Brenson, William L. Fox, Paul Goldberger, Philip Jodidio, Maya Lin, Lisa Phillips, and Dava Sobel


New Black Worlds to Know

Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad’

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead


Ancient Syrian Sites: A Different Story of Destruction

Some of the same powers that “rescued” Palmyra caused significant new damage of their own

#CultureUnderThreat: Recommendations for the US Government

a task force report by the Antiquities Coalition, the Asia Society, and the Middle East Institute

The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War

by Robert Bevan

Palmyre: L’irremplaçable trésor

by Paul Veyne


The Sorcerer of Jazz

What gave Miles Davis’s music its cohesion, even its identity, was his unforgettable sound

Miles Ahead

a film directed by Don Cheadle

Bitches Brew

by George Grella Jr.


Hillary vs. Donald: The Benefit of the Doubt

A Clinton victory in an election in which a majority express mistrust of either candidate won’t be easy to interpret, whatever the margin

The Easter Rising: Powerful and Useless

Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising

by Robert Schmuhl

“The Bomb, Bhadralok, Bhagavad Gita, and Dan Breen: Terrorism in Bengal and Its Relation to the European Experience”

by Michael Silvestri

One Bold Deed of Open Treason: The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement 1914–1916

edited by Angus Mitchell

The Rising: Ireland: Easter 1916

by Fearghal McGarry

Éamon de Valera: A Will to Power

by Ronan Fanning

Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World

by Maurice Walsh

The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic

by Ruth Dudley Edwards

Children of the Rising: The Untold Story of the Young Lives Lost During Easter 1916

by Joe Duffy

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The Huge and Dire Consequences of the Fed

The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

by Ben S. Bernanke


‘The Songs of Birds’

Empty Chairs: Selected Poems

by Liu Xia, translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern, with a foreword by Herta Müller and an introduction by Liao Yiwu

Steel Gate to Freedom: The Life of Liu Xiaobo

by Yu Jie, translated from the Chinese by H.C. Hsu

June Fourth Elegies

by Liu Xiaobo, translated from the Chinese by Jeffrey Yang


How They Wrestled with the New

The world of Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Hume

The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy

by Anthony Gottlieb


‘Terror’ and Everybody’s Rights

Say the word “war” and the rule of law often implodes

A War Like No Other: The Constitution in a Time of Terror

by Owen Fiss, edited and with a foreword by Trevor Sutton


Gravity’s Black Rainbow

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

by Janna Levin

Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

by Priyamvada Natarajan


The Forever War?

Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War

by Mark Danner


The Real Power of Putin

Nine recent books examine his rise and the direction of Russian politics

The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

by Steven Lee Myers

Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia

by Anne Garrels

Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes

by Vladimir Gel’man

The Strong State in Russia: Development and Crisis

by Andrei P. Tsygankov

Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West

by Walter Laqueur

The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin

by David Satter

Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism

by Charles Clover

Russia and the New World Disorder

by Bobo Lo

Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire

by Agnia Grigas

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