Books

Books

Using American Power

Walter Russell Mead is one of the most compelling interpreters of American foreign policy. Mead, who is the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, helps make sense of complicated matters in an engaging way, and he also takes religion seriously.

Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America

The cover of Peter Stearns’s book gets your attention. It portrays an iconic mid-20th-century television mother who seems either to be gripped by a migraine or on the threshold of an “I’m losing my mind” scream.

A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry

A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry.

Edited by Ann Hostetler. University of Iowa Press, 199 pp., $19.95 paperback.

The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon/Bonhoeffer as Martyr

How should we refer to Dietrich Bonhoeffer? As a saint? A martyr? Protestant churches lack any official apparatus for designating one person “saintly” as opposed to the entire body of believers.

My Life Is a Weapon/Growing Up Palestinian

Both of these books are about violence committed by Palestinians in particular and by Muslims in general.