Jul./Aug. 2014


Local and Global

Front Lines

A Canon for the Officer Corps

Seven books that teach our troops how to win today’s wars

Two Cheers for Partisan History

Herbert Butterfield was wrong about Whig scholarship.

Cover Story

Why Liberalism Means Empire

Democracy isn’t the end of history, it’s a product of power.


White Messiah Complex

Why do liberal interventionists think the Third World needs them?

Horton Foote’s Farewell

A playwright’s last screenplay shows hope for American drama.

The Battle of Alexandria

How riverside parks & hotels threaten a model of American urbanism

The Right’s Israel Turn

Conservatives didn’t always have a party line on the Jewish State.

A Look at the Left

A friendly guide to the Democrat or socialist next door


The Peace Coalition

Battle of the Beaches

Still America First

Quaker Oats heir Bob Stuart fought to keep America at peace—then he went to war.

A Witness-Protection Program for Terrorists?

What happens to agents and informants when they can’t go home

Arts & Letters

Is Social Mobility a Myth?

The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, Gregory Clark, Princeton University Press, 384 pages

American Idols

Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics, Timothy Stanley, Thomas Dunne Books, 320 pages

James Madison, Cheney-Style

James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, Lynne Cheney, Viking, 576 pages

Piketty Is the Anti-Marx

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty, Belknap, 696 pages

Koch Brothers: The Real Thing

Was World War I the Last Crusade?