Mar./Apr. 2013


Pope Benedict’s Farewell

Why Marriage Equality Is Right

Escape From the EU

Look Homeward, Devil

The tenth anniversary of a little book about the America overshadowed by war: Dispatches From the Muckdog Gazette.

Gulf States Buy Egyptian Riots

Is Saudi money undermining Cairo’s Morsi government?


Reality’s Hour

Front Lines

Anti-Imperial Presidency

A 19th-century model for the right foreign policy

Don’t Break the China

We need Beijing as an ally against anarchy.

Burke Not Buckley

The case for community-centric conservatism

Cover Story

The GOP’s Vietnam

How Republican foreign policy lost the culture war—and a generation


How Social Darwinism Made Modern China

A thousand years of meritocracy shaped the Middle Kingdom.

What Texas Won’t Teach

U.S. history takes a back seat to race, class, and gender

Beyond Fox News

Meet the post-movement conservatives.

Sex After Christianity

Gay marriage isn’t just a social revolution but a cosmological one.

Arts & Letters

Spain’s Leftist Civil War

The Spanish Civil War, Stanley Payne, Cambridge, 268 pages

Greatness Visible

Selected Letters of William Styron, R. Blakeslee Gilpin and Rose Styron, eds., Random House, 704 pages

How Do You Say “Quagmire” in French?

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, Fredrik Logevall, Random House, 839 pages

Austrians Don’t Blow Bubbles

It Didn’t Have to Be This Way: Why Boom and Bust Is Unnecessary—and How the Austrian School of Economics Breaks the Cycle, Harry C. Veryser, ISI Books, 328 pages

The Man Who Put Europe in Order

Castlereagh: A Life, John Bew, Oxford University Press, 722 pages

Never Mind Humanity

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, Ray Kurzweil, Viking, 352 pages

Whole Foods’ Better Business

Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, Harvard Business Review Press, 368 pages