Napoleon: A LifeBy Andrew RobertsViking, 976 pages Has there ever been another such man? A younger son of a family of very minor nobility from the...

“It is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer,” the former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier once said—and due to the contributions “Baby Doc” himself...

“To live your life is not as simple as to cross a field.” Even in English this line sounds Russian. It is in fact one...

Of the studio-era Hollywood directors whose best films have proved to be of lasting value, Billy Wilder was the one who brought off the least...

In October 1973, with impeachment proceedings looming as a result of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon proposed a compromise to the courts and to...

In March 2014, Ted Cruz of Texas sought to separate himself from his Senate colleague from Kentucky by invoking the name of Ronald Reagan. “I’m...

Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race, Hatred, and the Prehistory of the HolocaustBy Götz AlyMetropolitan Books, 304 pages I am sure I am not...

Charles Fourier, the utopian socialist who lived from 1772 to 1837, has been on my mind. Long ago, Fourier was considered a deep, monumental, visionary...

James Madison: A Life ReconsideredBy Lynne CheneyViking, 576 pages There are founding Fathers and then there are Founding Fathers. Anyone who signed the Continental Association (which...

By fire and other means, a festive, expressive destruction of the Book of Books was at the center of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass—when,...

Doris Kearns Goodwin knows how to pick winners, the perennial favorites with a significant part of the American public: Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin...

Johnny CarsonBy Henry BushkinEamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 304 pages True story: The son of a famous television sitcom actor tried, hopelessly, to connect emotionally with his...