Rebellious History

How should historians construct a more complete and truthful version of the past?

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals

by Saidiya Hartman

Trump’s Praetorian Guard

President Trump is attempting to turn “law and order versus anarchy” into an election issue that will distract voters from the White House’s incompetence.

Chaos and Cathode Rays

Nam June Paik

an exhibition at Tate Modern, London, October 17, 2019–February 9, 2020; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, June 1–October 4, 2020; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, scheduled to open in April 2021; and the Singapore National Gallery, scheduled to open in the fall of 2021

Sympathy for the Devil

There is a profound issue of freedom at the core of Marilynne Robinson’s novels. Can we change our lives?


by Marilynne Robinson

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933–2020

The late justice not only wrote about the connection between sex equality and liberty; she lived it.

A Disaster 100 Years in the Making

Disasters have the power to reveal who we are, what we value, what we’re willing—and unwilling—to protect.

Katrina: A History, 1915–2015

by Andy Horowitz

The Meticulous One

Her novels cast a pitiless light on the relationship between patriarchy and fascism.


by Ingeborg Bachmann, with an introduction by Rachel Kushner, and translated from the German by Philip Boehm

The Book of Franza and Requiem for Fanny Goldmann

by Ingeborg Bachmann, translated from the German and with an introduction by Peter Filkins

War Diary

by Ingeborg Bachmann, with letters from Jack Hamesh, edited and with an afterword by Hans Höller, and translated from the German by Mike Mitchell


by Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, edited and with commentaries by Bertrand Badiou, Hans Höller, Andrea Stoll, and Barbara Wiedemann, and translated from the German by Wieland Hoban

Health Care: The Best and the Rest

Ezekiel Emanuel’s new book makes a comparative study of eleven of the world’s health care systems. Who are the winners and losers?

Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?

by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Speak, Memory?

Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning

by Alex Halberstadt

Longfellow’s Gentle Phantoms

Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

by Nicholas A. Basbanes

Self-Made Men

Martin Eden

a film written and directed by Pietro Marcello, and cowritten by Maurizio Braucci

Love, Ecgburg

Diane Watt, a professor of medieval literature, shows that the earliest English women writers lived centuries before Julian of Norwich or Margery Kempe.

Women, Writing and Religion in England and Beyond, 650–1100

by Diane Watt

The Body and the Border

Minor Detail

by Adania Shibli, translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette

Whatever It Takes

“Is Machiavelli good, then, or is he evil?” asks the French scholar Patrick Boucheron.

Machiavelli: The Art of Teaching People What to Fear

by Patrick Boucheron, translated from the French by Willard Wood

Machiavelli: His Life and Times

by Alexander Lee

No Haven

In ‘This Is All I Got,’ a report about a year in the life of a homeless single mother in New York City, Lauren Sandler finds the intractable source of homelessness in the piratical inequities of the housing market.

This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home

by Lauren Sandler

‘Subtle, False and Treacherous’

Richard III: The Self-Made King

by Michael Hicks

Jordan’s Endless Transition

The government’s efforts to preempt dissent and mass mobilization may keep Jordan quiet, but they are unlikely to solve its current crisis.


Early Life isn’t Everything

Setting the record straight on Mike Nichols’s mother, Brigitte

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