Arts & Letters

How to Become a Federal Criminal

The man behind @CrimeADay lets some air out of America’s ever-inflating federal criminal code.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of July 15

From the mysticism of Charles Williams to the sci-fi of Orson Scott Card, here is what our writers are reading this week.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of July 8

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

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of July 1

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

Michael Brendan Dougherty, American

The National Review scribe’s new book is about Ireland, but he is a product of his homeland through and through.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of June 24

From the lost Vedic civilization to Saint Mark, Here’s what our writers are reading this week.

The Intellectual Revolution That Made the Modern Western World

Enlightenment values spurred political liberty and capitalism, but is this the end of the story?

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Cult of the Irrelevant: National Security Eggheads & Academics

A new book decries a lack of influence by realist scholars, but is it unduly blaming the victim?

Mayor Donald Trump

Frank Rizzo became a Philadelphia political icon by using populist rhetoric to rally disenchanted working-class Democrats.

Silence: A Thin Line Between Terror and Joy

A new book explores how Trappist monk Thomas Merton found the balance. But can we?

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of June 3

Here’s what our writers are reading this week.

Taking Stock of Venture Capital

Silicon Valley-style investment was not an inevitable outcome of market economics, nor is it necessarily the model of the future.

John Lukacs: Iconoclast and Self-Styled ‘Reactionary’

Often dismissed by the academic elite, this great historian placed his faith in the test of time.

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of May 20

Scott Beauchamp, contributor: Unfortunately for this Bookshelf contribution, but fortunately for other reasons, …

American Psycho Author Should Stick to Fiction

Bret Easton Ellis tries his hand at social commentary, and while he nails our ‘post-Empire’ corrosion, ‘White’ is uneven and tedious.

Rebuilding Social Capital in Trump Country

As Tim Carney makes clear, middle America has been losing its civil society for years. But what to do about it?

TAC Bookshelf for the Week of May 6

From biographies of English monarchs to an Ancient Greek trilogy, here’s what our writers are reading this week.