Jihad: the Trail of Political Islam book by Gilles Kepel reviewed by Mahbod Moghadam

By December 29, 1999, Abdel Wahab al-Effendi had been convinced of Islamism’s failure. Why should you care? He is...

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Secrets of the Tomb book by Alexandra Robbins reviewed by Emma Pollack-Pelzner

An initiation involving coffins and naked mud wrestling, thousands of dollars given to members upon graduation, and...

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Old Gods Almost Dead: the 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones book by Stephen Davis reviewed by Colleen Carey

How do you write a 560-page book about the Rolling Stones without using the word “egotist”? Stephen Davis, the...

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Monograph: The Professor in the Storm Cultural Historian E.H. Gombrich’s Troubled Achievement by Susannah Rutherglen

Sir Ernst Gombrich, the venerable humanist and scholar of art who died last year at the age of ninety-two, was not a...

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The Art of Travel book by Alain de Botton reviewed by Thomas Cannell

As the British broadcaster Bernard Falk once said, “Americans are rather like bad Bulgarian wine; they don’t...

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How to Be Alone book by Jonathan Franzen reviewed by Daniel Barrett

The penis goes by many names: “dipstick,” “peenie-weenie,” “lovepump,” “wonder worm.” Jonathan Franzen...

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