January/February 2017


Grandmasters of Fake News

Rapprochement with Putin—and Olga

Will Trump Transform the CIA?

What to expect from his new director

After the Hysteria


A Time of Transition

Front Lines

James M. Perry, 1927–2016

He was a throwback to the straight-up journalism of old.

From Chapels to Condos

Is there still room for the sacred in the city?

Cover Story

Unleashing Energy Winners

Why not tap into America’s entrepreneurial ingenuity?

The Big Forces of History

Can the era of America’s global dominance be sustained?

An Infrastructure Fix

The new president’s chance to write his name in history

Capitalism and Climate

Environmental success needn’t come from government.

The Best of Intentions

Incentive, not bureaucracy, is the key to environmental protection.


Womanhood Redefined

A feminist’s take on the transgender controversy

Hillbilly Energy

J.D. Vance and the forces that elected Trump

Legitimate Differences

A new approach to Russia

Harvard’s George J. Borjas

Adding up the cost of uncontrolled immigration

Arts & Letters

Anyone for Tennis?

Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon, Elizabeth Wilson, Serpent's Tail, 320 Pages

The Buckley Legacy in Voice and Print

Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on the Firing Line, by Heather Hendershot, Broadside, 432 pages and A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century, by William F. Buckley Jr., edited by James Rosen, Crown Forum, 336 pages

Leonard Cohen’s Life of Poetry and Song

Remembering Leonard Cohen (1934–2016) more tactfully than Brian Williams did

Debunking America’s “Good” Occupation

The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace, Susan L. Carruthers, Harvard University Press, 384 pages