Book Reviews

Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World (Potomac Books), by Thomas W. Lippman No one thought much of Anwar Sadat when he inherited Egypt’s presidency in 1970—,Books more

May 24, 2016 4:18 PM Books

Nalbandov’s Not by Bread Alone: Russian Foreign Policy Under Putin (Potomac Books) is a tome as large and wide reaching as its subject. Rightly, Nalbandov, a political science professor at Utah State University, concludes that Russia’s fore... more

May 23, 2016 4:51 PM Books

The Great Circus Parade has been a summer event in Milwaukee on and off since the 1960s—the kind of thing that draws fanatics who camp out the night before along the route, lest they lose their f,Books more

May 13, 2016 1:33 PM Books

In 1828 John Kinzie Jr., formerly a clerk with the monopolistic American Fur Company, was appointed Indian agent by the federal government for the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Nation. His responsibilities included disbursing the “annuities” the ... more

May 2, 2016 4:15 PM Books

Vast social forces may help direct the course of human events, yet individual actors are what actually make history. Certainly, for most people, they are what make history interesting. With The Imm,Books more

Mar 14, 2016 11:58 AM Books

According to Nick Soulsby, editor of Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters, the Nirvana frontman was shy yet eager to speak until the weight of stardom became just another trap. The collection contains a sampling of articles on Nirvan... more

Mar 1, 2016 3:07 PM Books

David Luhrssen reviews Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society. more

Feb 29, 2016 4:57 PM Books

In Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy British historian Frank McLynn tries to make sense of how Genghis, a clan leader of Mongolian nomads, overran the world from the Pacific to the Adriatic, the Persian Gulf through the Ar... more

Feb 23, 2016 2:27 PM Books

Milwaukee’s Jim Cryns has written about sports and has delved into the horror genre. With Marry Her Anyway, Cryns connects the dots between horror and romance. His protagonist Brody, who broke his,Books more

Jan 26, 2016 5:10 PM Books

Meera Subramanian’s A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka examines India’s difficult transition from a quasi-socialist system to membership in the global econo... more

Jan 19, 2016 3:57 PM Books

New books investigate an ideology of violence more

Jan 15, 2016 11:34 AM Books

During the Vietnam War, MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky decided to become involved in events outside the academy. Since then, he has critiqued the news media, both political parties and every,Books more

Jan 12, 2016 3:09 PM Books 2 Comments

A Settler’s Year is a hybrid, part narrative of times past told when possible through the words left by participants, and part photo essay of historical reenactments. A Settler’s Year cycles th,Books more

Aug 18, 2015 11:29 AM Books

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating storms to ever strike the Gulf Coast, ultimately displacing more than 1 million residents. Much of the destruction occurred in the New Orleans area, prompting that city's first mandatory eva... more

Jul 11, 2011 12:00 AM Books

The standard workweek is preparing to end in another Friday the 13th. (Again.) This is the second month in a row. Being a well-adjusted, non-superstitious person, I can’t stress enough that this has no significance to me at all. That being said, I.. more

Mar 12, 2009 4:00 AM Theater

Some believe progress is at odds with tradition, but Josef Pieper argues otherwise. In this essay collection, the eloquently simple-spoken German philosopher makes meaningful distinctions between tradition and social habits, tradition and k... more

Mar 2, 2009 12:00 AM Books

When they were introduced in the 1890s, motion pictures were a marvel in an age of marvels. Cities were being lit by electricity and crowned by skyscrapers, telephones carried distant voices and pictures began to move in a jerky semblance of rea.. more

Feb 5, 2009 5:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

According to Germanexpressionist artist Ernst Kirchner you could tell a lot about an artist fromtheir prints. That’s certainly true of Richard Haas. Though best known for hislarge trompe l’oeil murals grafting the unsightly wounds of post wa.. more

Dec 17, 2008 5:00 AM Architecture

Voting should end now and Mike Eaves should win coach of the year this season. Afteran abysmal 0-6-1 start to the season, the Badgers were looking rough,run-over and ragged. They started with 5 of 7 on the road, with theonly home games being a.. more

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