The Making of the Tabloid Presidency

‘Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency’ by Joshua Green

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

by Joshua Green

A Modernist Return to Reality

Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: Une amitié artistique [Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: An Artistic Friendship]

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, June 2–October 29, 2017

The True American

New books examine the many contradictions of Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau: A Life

by Laura Dassow Walls


by Henry David Thoreau, with an introduction and annotations by Bill McKibben

Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau

by Kevin Dann

Thoreau’s Animals

by Henry David Thoreau, edited by Geoff Wisner and illustrated by Debby Cotter Kaspari

Thoreau and the Language of Trees

by Richard Higgins, with a foreword by Robert D. Richardson and photographs by Richard Higgins

The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years

by Robert M. Thorson

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal

an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, June 2–September 10, 2017; and the Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts, September 29, 2017–January 21, 2018

When I Came to Die: Process and Prophecy in Thoreau’s Vision of Dying

by Audrey Raden

Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau

by Branka Arsić

Thoreau’s Wildflowers

by Henry David Thoreau, edited by Geoff Wisner and illustrated by Barry Moser

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Nuclear Diplomacy: From Iran to North Korea?

Rhetorical bluster and military gestures only undermine US credibility.

Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

by Trita Parsi

North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence

edited by Sung Chull Kim and Michael D. Cohen

Roman Rivalries

Michelangelo and Sebastiano

an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, March 15–June 25, 2017

Ending at the Beginning

‘Kafka: The Early Years’ completes one of the great literary biographies of our time

Kafka: The Early Years

by Reiner Stach, translated from the German by Shelley Frisch

God’s Gift to Men

Like so many girl-power extravaganzas that seek to celebrate what a long way we’ve come, baby, ‘Wonder Woman’ ends up illustrating the opposite.

Wonder Woman

a film directed by Patty Jenkins

Artifice and Actuality


by Henry Green, with an introduction by Daniel Mendelsohn


with an introduction by Adam Thirlwell

Party Going

with an introduction by Amit Chaudhuri


with an introduction by James Wood


with an introduction by Roxana Robinson


with an introduction by Deborah Eisenberg

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Learning to Love French Art

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting

an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May 21–August 20, 2017

Our Trouble with Sex: A Christian Story?

Geoffrey Stone’s ‘Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the 21st Century’

Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century

by Geoffrey R. Stone

On the Trail of ‘A Shropshire Lad’

Housman Country: Into the Heart of England

by Peter Parker

Unruly and Unerring

Roxane Gay’s ‘Hunger’

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

by Roxane Gay

Fools, Cowards, or Criminals?

Marcel Ophuls’s ‘The Memory of Justice’

The Memory of Justice

a documentary film directed by Marcel Ophuls, restored by the Academy Film Archive in association with Paramount Pictures and the Film Foundation

The Trickster’s Art

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song for a Cipher

an exhibition at the New Museum, New York City, May 3–September 3, 2017

Regarding the Figure

an exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, April 20–August 6, 2017

Kehinde Wiley: Trickster

an exhibition at the Sean Kelly Gallery, New York City, May 6–June 17, 2017

Russia: The Joyful New Activism

Protest in Putin’s Russia

by Mischa Gabowitsch

Twelve Ways of Looking at Frank Lloyd Wright

“Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” at MoMA

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, June 12–October 1, 2017

The Formation of the Japanese Print Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School

an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, April 22–July 23, 2017

Wright on Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Exhibitions

by Kathryn Smith

The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconoclastic Masterpiece

by Francesco Dal Co

Wright Sites: A Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright Public Places

by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, edited by Joel Hoglund

The Life of Olgivanna Lloyd Wright: From Crna Gora to Taliesin, Black Mountain to Shining Brow

compiled and edited by Maxine Fawcett-Yeske and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer

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When the Law Meets the Party

Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work

by Sida Liu and Terence C. Halliday

China’s Human Rights Lawyers: Advocacy and Resistance

by Eva Pils

To Build a Free China: A Citizen’s Journey

by Xu Zhiyong, translated from the Chinese by Joshua Rosenzweig and Yaxue Cao, with an introduction by Andrew Nathan

Unwavering Convictions: Gao Zhisheng’s Ten-Year Torture and Faith in China’s Future

translated from the Chinese by Stacy Mosher

Activist Lawyers in Post-Tiananmen China

by Rachel E. Stern

Take a Hike!

Why do people hike? Surprisingly little has been written on the origins of so unnatural an activity.

On the Trail: A History of American Hiking

by Silas Chamberlin

On Trails: An Exploration

by Robert Moor

Making Memories

‘Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets’ by Luke Dittrich

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

by Luke Dittrich

Ain’t It Always Stephen Stills

For a particular generation, the songs of Stephen Stills were marinated into our minds, our spines, our bones.

Stephen Stills: Change Partners

by David Roberts

Tenants Under Siege: Inside New York City’s Housing Crisis

New York City is in the throes of a humanitarian emergency. The tide of homelessness is only the most visible symptom.


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Unless it can find a new home, Louis Kahn’s unique floating concert hall will soon be broken down to scrap in a Louisiana shipyard.

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