Arts & Letters

TAC Bookshelf: Back Again on the Road to Serfdom

Here’s what our writers and editors are reading this week.

Jared Diamond’s Newest Book, In the Rough

The legendary author of ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel’ has produced a genuine mess of a book.

Margaret Atwood’s Latest is a Poor Woman’s Handmaid’s Tale

It’s a bad thriller that’s thoroughly uninterested in exploring its own ideas.

TAC Bookshelf: Cardinal Sarah Goes Silent

Here’s what our editors and writers have been reading this week.

TAC Bookshelf: The Worst Political Coverup You’ve Never Heard Of

Here’s what our editors and writers are reading this week.

Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Billy Pilgrim’ Turns 50

How a comrade of the author became the protagonist of one of the most read anti-war novels of all time.

Meet American Empire’s ‘Doctor Death’

Stephen Kinzer’s new book shows how Greatest Generation spooks justified their horrific experiments on unwitting Americans.

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From Clarence Thomas to the fall of the Sicilian nobility, here’s what our writers and editors are reading this week.

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A new account of the life of Chaucer is brought low by its author’s postmodern abstractions and disdain for the Church.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of July 29

From Charles V to Houellebecq, here’s what our writers and editors are reading this week.