Louis Menand is a chronicler of the American mind, particularly in those moments when America is having second thoughts.
In “The Metaphysical Club” (2001), Menand told the story of the nation in the decades after the Civil War, as it groped for “a set of ideas, and a way of thinking, that would help people cope with the conditions of modern life.Read More
“Lucky,” a brisk and detailed account of the 2020 presidential race by political journalists Jonathan Allen of NBC News and Amie Parnes of the Hill, is the first volume to tell the story of this unusual electoral contest, with several competing works scheduled later this year and into 2022.Read More
For New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, however, those suns have gone cold.
The Great Migration of Black Americans from the Jim Crow-era South to the North and West — 6 million people uprooting and remaking their lives over six decades, a mass movement spanning much of the 20th century — was one of the nation’s most defining social and cultural transformations.Read More
The tale begins with Winchester’s own first such experience with possession, when he handed over a cashier’s check during the final days of the 20th century in exchange for 123 and 1/4 acres of “forested and rocky mountainside” in Wassaic, N.Y. “I had just purchased a piece of the United States of America,” he writes with awe, noting that his ancestors had always been tenants, never landowners themselves.Read More
Just as Trump’s election shocked the country’s political establishment, it jolted America’s intellectual class. Writers, thinkers, activists, academics and journalists have responded as they know best: with lots and lots of books. One of the ironies of our time is that a man who rarely reads has inspired an onslaught of book-length writing about his presidency.Read More
It’s a disingenuous explanation — whenever someone says it’s not about the money, it’s definitely about the money — yet a familiar one, too. The opening lines of Trump’s 1987 memoir, “The Art of the Deal,” feature a remarkably similar rationale. “I don’t do it for the money,” Trump wrote.Read More
Strzok spent decades as an FBI agent avoiding the spotlight, diligently combating Russian efforts to penetrate and destabilize the United States, eventually becoming deputy assistant director in the bureau’s counterintelligence division. Yet, with his role in some of the era’s most controversial inquiries — concerning Hillary Clinton’s emails and Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election — that spotlight found him, and Strzok got burned.Read More