Sept./Oct. 2014


Resilience & Restraint

From Ferguson to Fallujah, U.S. authorities mistake arms for strength—and reap the consequences.

Front Lines

Thirty Years Without Peace

The two world wars were a single conflict that still imperils us.

New Urbanism of the Soul

Architect Philip Bess on faith, reason, and urban design

Cops With War Toys

Militarizing police is the worst way to fight crime.

Cover Story

Absurd in Afghanistan

The Islamic world needs Avicenna, not America.


The People Are Revolting!

Why populism and parties terrified George Washington

The Case for Hailsham

Quintin Hogg brandished babies and wrote the book on conservatism

Making Classical New

Young musicians take an entrepreneurial approach to the canon.

Nixon in Dixie

Our most maligned president was no racist.


The Politics of Impeachment

Is There Terror on the Border?

To Hell With Sykes-Picot

Arts & Letters

Closing of the Scholarly Mind

Why Higher Education Should Have a Leftist Bias, Donald Lazere, Palgrave Macmillan, 292 pages

Is There Capitalism After Cronyism?

Does Capitalism Have a Future?, Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, Georgi Derluguian, and Craig Calhoun, Oxford University Press, 208 pages

Suicide of the Globalists

The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, Penguin Press, 320 pages

A Realist’s Guide to Grand Strategy

Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, Barry R. Posen, Cornell University Press, 256 pages

Updike’s Affair With America

Updike, Adam Begley, Harper, 576 pages

What Does Human Evolution Explain?

A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, Nicholas Wade, Penguin Press, 288 pages