The Courtier's Art ~ David Ignatius
David Ignatius reviews Richard Stengel's "You're too kind: a brief history of flattery"
Class Action ~ Richard Kahlenberg
Richard Kahlenberg reviews Ward Connerly's "Creating Equal: My Fight against race preferences"
Up in Arms ~ Mark Strauss
Mark Strauss reviews Richard Butler's "The Greatest Threat"
Starr Lite ~ Stephen Pomper
Stephen Pomper reviews Susan Schmidt and Michael Weisskopf's"Truth at any costs"
Tear Down this Wall ~ Christopher Buckley
Christopher Buckley reviews Peter Robinson's "It's My Party"
A Survivor's Story ~ James Fallows
James Fallows reviews Hamilton Jordan's "No Such Thing as a Bad Day"
Table for One, Please ~ Curtis Gans
Curtis Gans reviews Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone
The Truman Show ~ Paul Duke
Paul Duke revisits Harry Truman's last campaign in Zachary Karabell's "The Last Campaign"
Table for One, Please ~ Myra MacPherson
Myra MacPherson looks as Tom Brazaitis and Eleanor Clift's Madam President to see when we'll have one
Empty Education ~ Thomas Toch
Thomas Toch revisits his mentor, Diane Ravitch and
her book Left Behind
Private Matters ~ Paul M. Barrett
Paul M Barrett looks at privacy through the lens of technology in Jeffrey Rosen's The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America
Hillary Wars I ~ Mary McGrory
Mary McGrory vs. Laura Ingraham's The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places Winner moves on to round two:
Hillary Wars II ~ David Brock
David Brock vs. Peggy Noonan's The Case Against Hillary Clinton Winner gets to run for Senate!!
Playing Pandora ~ Bill McKibben
"Something slouches towards Bethlehem waiting to be born..." Bill McKibben reviews Wendell Berry's Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition
Fast Faith ~ Walter Shapiro
Walter Shapiro looks at Bush Guru Marvin Olasky's manifesto Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Save America
Missile Millionaires ~ Andrew Cockburn
Frances FitzGerald's Way Out There In The Blue: Reagan, Star Wars, and the End of the Cold War details the origins of and who was reallybehind the Gippers ABM system. Reviewed by Andrew Cockburn.
Stars In His Eyes ~ Chalmers Roberts
Chalmers Roberts looks at the life and politics of Henry Wallace in John C. Culver and John Hyde's American Dreamer: A Life of Henry Wallace
Chicago's Cubs ~ Jonathan Alter
Scott Simon bittersweetly reminices about Chicago's eternal underdogs in his Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan. Review by Jonathan Alter.
Chicago's Boss ~ Martin F. Nolan
An irascible mayor and his city are chronicled in American Pharaoh: Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation by Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor. Review by Martin F. Nolan.
Frappacino Generation ~ Scott Shuger
Scott Shuger explores the bourgeois-bohemian ("Bobo") world in David Brooks' new book Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There.
The Presidency By Parts ~ Allan J. Lichtman
Allan J. Lichtman on Fred I Greenstein's The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from Roosevelt to Clinton
Down in Africa ~ Joshua Hammer
Scott Peterson's book about the tragedies of the continent in his book Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda. Review by Joshua Hammer.
How To Grow ~ Kenneth Arrow
Power and Prosperity: Outgrowing Communist and Capitalist Dictatorships by Mancur Olson. Reviewed by Kenneth Arrow.
Spies With Poems ~ Robert de Neufville
Robert de Neufville looks at literary cloaks-and-daggers in Frances Stonor Saunder's The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters.
Lame Propositions ~ William Speed Weed
David Broder's Democracy Derailed: The Initiative Movement and the Power of Money is reviewed by William Speed Weed.
Cynicism Without Solutions ~ James Bennett
A thoughtful author's pessimisim about special interests. James Bennett reviews Jonathan Rauch's Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working.
Bush Lite ~Myra Macpherson
Blueprint to a candidate I. Myra MacPherson on Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose's new book Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush.
Double Legacy ~Jacob Heilbrunn
Blueprint to a candidate II. Jacob Heilbrunn reviews Bill Turque's Inventing Al Gore: A Biography.
Avoiding the Triangulation Trap ~Stephen Pomper
The Monthly's editor looks at Kenneth Baer's Reinventing Democrats: The Politics of Liberalism from Reagan to Clinton.
Street Life ~ Amy Waldman
Amy Waldman on the ground beneath our feet -- Mitchell Duneier's Sidewalk.
The New Iran ~ Andrew Cockburn
Has Iran come fin-de-seicle? Andrew Cockburn looks at Robin Wright's The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran.
The Wright Stuff ~ John B. Judis
John B. Judis looks at Robert Wright's answers to the big questions in Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny.
Funding Freedom ~ Aryeh Neier
How to make the world a better, safer place. Aryeh Neier on Thomas Carothers' Aiding Democracy Abroad: The Learning Curve.
Market Failure ~Theodore Marmor
Will we ever have universal care? Ted Marmor reviews Richard Epstein's Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Right to Health Care.
Owning Nothing ~ Joshua Rosenblum
What would Marx think? Joshua Rosenblum knows what Jeremy Rifkin believes in his book Age of Access: How the Shift from Ownership to Access is Transforming Capitalism.
Russia's Tumultous Decade. ~ Jeffrey Sachs.
An insider looks back. A review of Days of Defeat and Victory by Yegor Gaidar
Did the Seventies Make Modern America? ~ James Fallows
This book-length op-ed isn't convincing. A review of How We Got Here---The 70s: The Decade That Brought You Modern Life (For Better or Worse) by David Frum.
Small Things Make a Big Difference ~ Timothy Noah
An unintended primer for political activists. A review of The Tipping Point: How LIttle Things Can Make A Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.
Trade-Offs in a Political Career?
The costs and compromises of public life. A review of In Praise of Public Life by Joseph Lieberman
A review of Vote.Com by Dick Morris.
The Frog Factor
A review of A Plague of Frogs: The Horrifying True Story by William Sounder.
Kennedy, good and bad
The scum and glory of later Camelot. A review of In Love With Night by Ronald Steel
Memories of Jack Anderson and journalism's golden age. A Review of Peace, War, And Politics by Jack Anderson
War1999 Book Review
A review of The Pity of War by Niall Ferguson