Book Reviews

The Limits of Candor

"For Discrimination" offers the bravest and most honest defense of affirmative action in a long time (maybe ever), and for that we are in Randall Kennedy’s debt.

Buried Traumas

Four decades after Franco’s death, relics of the past are finding their way into Spain's museums, where they can be both preserved and politically neutralized.

Fleeing from Triumph

From the roughly seventeen hundred letters Orwell wrote, Peter Davison has now made a generous selection, annotated with insight and without pedantry.

What Child Is This?

J. M. Coetzee's "The Childhood of Jesus" is a strange book, engaging but inscrutable, provocative but obscure.

Not Dead Yet

The last liberal theologians worth mentioning, in the opinion of Theo Hobson, were Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich.

Serious Fun

In 'Waiting for the Barbarians,' Mendelsohn has collected essays originally published in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, and elsewhere.

Bring Out Your Dead

A conversation on our most egregious death-avoidance tactic: the disappearance of the dead themselves from the rituals at which their presence is indispensable.

Through a Glass Darkly

In this brilliantly argued intellectual history, David Nirenberg asks how influential figures in the Western tradition have thought about Judaism over the millennia.

Forsaken Ally

The end of the Communist era and access to long-closed archives opens a window into the largely untold suffering of Poland from 1939 to the fall of the Iron Curtain.

A Doomed Project?

'Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit' is distinguished by both its intellectual competence and it narrative power.

And Yet It Works

The first thing to note about Andrew Koppelman’s new book is is that word “American”—sitting awkwardly beside the abstract concept of “religious neutrality."

Goaded by Doubt

In his new book, 'My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer,' Christian Wiman reflects on faith, death, poetry, and God.