Arts & Letters

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Is Social Mobility a Myth?

A major new book challenges decades of thinking about escaping poverty, and falling from riches.

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James Madison, Cheney-Style

Lynne Cheney’s love letter to the fourth president exaggerates more than it enlightens.

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Icelandic Heavy Metal Grief

A lost brother’s place is filled with hard music and farm animals in “Metalhead.”

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Autobiography of a Recovery

Robert Timberg’s gripping memoir traces his way from burning in Vietnam to writing in Washington.


Piketty Is the Anti-Marx

Liberals’ favorite French economist is a pessimistic meliorist, not a burning revolutionary.

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Koch Brothers: The Real Thing

An inner look at the charisma, character, and hubris behind the Koch legacy

illustration by Michael Hogue

Was World War I the Last Crusade?

How religious passions helped fuel the Great War.

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Though a brilliant writer, J.F. Powers was resistant to the realities and mundanities of life.

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The Christian Man in Black

Johnny Cash’s life is a story of redemption.

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How a WWI-era senator turned from unreflective interventionism to prudential foreign policy

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