It is not yet clear if Twitter, the social-media site whose users send out 140-character mini-statements, is generally good or bad for public life, or...

The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great UniversitiesBy William D. CohanScribner’s, 653 pages On...

Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to ‘A Clockwork Orange’—How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the TaboosBy Robert HoflerHarperCollins, 387 pages On October 5, 1969, news...

The 50 states are sometimes called “laboratories of democracy.” Although the expression is intended to highlight in flattering terms how innovative they can be, it...

“Fake it till you make it.” So said Yale University President Peter Salovey to a group he gathered last October for the announcement of the...

Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image AbroadBy Martha BaylesYale University Press, 336 pages Sayyid Qutb, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood,...

The literary wunderkind-turned-editor-turned-philanthropist Dave Eggers begins his new novel in heaven, or at least heaven as imagined by its 24-year-old protagonist, Mae Holland: “A million...

When Hollywood Was Right:How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Remade American PoliticsBy Donald T. CritchlowCambridge University Press, 240 pages The idea of an era...

To the Editor: I am a recent college graduate who has conducted research that required approval from an institutional review board (IRB). I also firmly believe...

In his memoir Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama describes the after-school routine of his childhood in Hawaii, where he was raised by his grandparents: I...

The factors that caused the shooting of a black teenager in central Florida to develop into a national obsession will be studied for years to...

In his 1943 paper, “A Theory of Human Motivation,” the psychologist Abraham Maslow outlined what he called our “hierarchy of needs.” Using the image of...