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War of All Against All

Syria was not the cradle of the Islamic State, but the revolution created a vacuum into which the militants stepped.

The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy

by Yassin al-Haj Saleh, with a foreword by Robin Yassin-Kassab

The Caliphate at War: Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State

by Ahmed S. Hashim

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

by Wendy Pearlman

Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria

by Nikolaos Van Dam


The Case of Isabel Archer

John Banville’s new novel ‘Mrs. Osmond’ seizes the narrative baton from Henry James

Mrs. Osmond

by John Banville


Bolshevism’s New Believers

Yuri Slezkine’s monumental new study, ‘The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution’

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution

by Yuri Slezkine


The Steely Connoisseur

21 rue La Boétie

an exhibition at the Musée de La Boverie de Liège, September 22, 2016–February 19, 2017; and the Musée Maillol, Paris, March 2–July 23, 2017


Back from the Cold

Few rival le Carré when it comes to the craft of storytelling. He mines the stuff of politics with an ease and vitality that others can only envy.

A Legacy of Spies

by John le Carré


The Pity of It All

‘The Vietnam War,’ a documentary directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

The Vietnam War

a documentary directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History

by Geoffrey C. Ward, with an introduction by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick


Lou’s Wild Side

Lou Reed: A Life

by Anthony DeCurtis


The Last Slaves in Mauritania

Prêcher dans le désert: Islam politique et changement social en Mauritanie [Preaching in the Desert: Political Islam and Social Change in Mauritania]

by Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem


Virgil Revisited

David Ferry’s marvelous new translation of Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’

The Aeneid

by Virgil, translated from the Latin by David Ferry


Tripping With Trump

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

by Katy Tur


Our ‘Wicked War’

The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War

by Peter Guardino


The Chevalier of Disquiet

The Book of Disquiet

by Fernando Pessoa, edited by Jerónimo Pizarro, and translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa


The MVP of the Second Circuit

Benched: Abortion, Terrorists, Drones, Crooks, Supreme Court, Kennedy, Nixon, Demi Moore, and Other Tales from the Life of a Federal Judge

by Jon O. Newman


Poems from the Abyss

When asked about his home, Czesław Miłosz said that he came from another planet, another time

Miłosz: A Biography

by Andrzej Franaszek, edited and translated from the Polish by Aleksandra and Michael Parker


The True Story of Lu Xun

Jottings Under Lamplight

by Lu Xun, edited by Eileen J. Cheng and Kirk A. Denton

A New Literary History of Modern China

edited by David Der-wei Wang


The Tribunes of Discontent

Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics

by Nicole Hemmer

Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle

by Jeff Flake

The Working-Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism

by Henry Olsen

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