James Carroll claims to have left the priesthood in the early 1970’s. House of War suggests otherwise. This history of the Pentagon is Mr. Carroll’s Stations of the Cross, performed in penance for the sins of America’s military-industrial complex.
House of War is not about the Pentagon as an institution or even as a Read More
As a cultural battleground, the teaching of history never excited the, er, passions associated with controversial movie-making or prime-time exhibitionism.
Nevertheless, there was a time not so long ago when everybody including the future Vice President’s wife, Lynne Cheney, had an opinion about the nation’s history curriculum. Conservatives argued that fuzzy social studies had turned Read More
Leonard Cohen’s smoky baritone was almost a whisper. “It’s really difficult to talk about these things on the phone,” he said on Oct. 5. “Too bad we can’t meet for a drink. It would take several drinks to loosen both our tongues to try to get to the deep truth of the matter.”
Some truths Read More
Next: The Future Just Happened , by Michael Lewis. W.W. Norton, 236 pages, $23.95.
“By its nature,” writes Michael Lewis in Next , “the Internet undermined anyone whose status depended on a privileged access to information.” Mr. Lewis means doctors whose patients arrive for treatment having just downloaded the last dozen issues of the Read More
In a sense, the Hillary haters quoted in my colleague Joe Conason’s column last week have it right. It really doesn’t matter whether or not Hillary Rodham threw in the word “Jew” to break up a string of two expletives. It doesn’t matter because the incident is alleged to have happened 26 expletive years ago. Read More