Book Review

Our ‘Troubled’ Underclass

A new memoir by Rob Henderson captures the pain of family breakdown.

Can People Be Persuaded to ‘Get Married’? 

Brad Wilcox’s new book wagers that a marriage-skeptical culture can see the upshots of tying the knot.

A Shepherd of Wolves

Our sacralizing tendency assimilates every issue into a spiritualized conflict of visions that is ultimately not about policy but about identity.

Healing a Nation, One Relationship at a Time

David Brooks’ ‘How to Know a Person’ offers a granular approach to national unity.

A Civil Society

Alexandra Hudson’s ‘The Soul of Civility’ distinguishes civility from mere politeness or niceness.

Is Cancel Culture Just a Problem or a Five-Alarm Fire?

A review of Greg Lukianoff and Rikki Schlott’s ‘The Canceling of the American Mind.’

The Four Myths of the American Dream

David Leonhardt’s ‘Ours Was the Shining Future’ downplays the promises and possibilities of life in America.

What Explains America’s Marriage Downturn?

Cultural, legal, and economic changes have made it less central to daily life—and that’s a problem.

The Mirage of Middle East Peace

Robert Kaplan’s new book explores how the region has historically wobbled between order and chaos.

In Defense of Cold War Liberalism

A review of Samuel Moyn’s ‘Liberalism Against Itself.’

A Defense Strategy Against ‘The Identity Trap’

Yascha Mounk’s new book explains how ‘wokeness’ hurts our culture, but omits how markets can help fight back.

A Brief History of a Bullheaded President

Franklin Foer’s new book about Joe Biden reveals a president whose ambitions have exceeded his mandate.

How Well Is Rural America Doing? You’d Be Surprised

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett’s ‘The Overlooked Americans’ rejects grim depictions of rural life.

To Thine Own Self Be True

Tara Isabella Burton’s new book ‘Self-Made’ surveys the grand, and sometimes ridiculous, history of how crafting identities shaped our modern world.

George Orwell’s Diagnosis of Modern Russia

Masha Karp’s ‘George Orwell and Russia’ explores the country’s pathologies through the novelist’s eyes.

Catastrophizing the Classroom

Cara Fitzpatrick’s ‘The Death of Public School’ overblows public education’s demise—and wrongly goes after school choice.