Books

Books

It’s all relative?

This useful, engaging and distressing book by Louis Menand won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2002. It chronicles and exemplifies the skepticism that has characterized most intellectual discourse from the end of the 19th century through the beginning of the 21st.

Slime-master

Long before Bill Clinton trashed his presidency by lying about his adulterous relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the political right heaped scurrilous accusations upon him and sought to expel him from office.

Slippery slope

When people remember the 1960s they usually think of Vietnam, cultural upheaval and assorted liberation movements. But the ’60s should also be remembered as the time when postwar medical technology blossomed.

Getting real with Dr. Phil

Psychologist Phillip C. McGraw, Oprah Winfrey’s regular guest and now the star of his own TV show, is Oprah’s Oprah—one of her “pivotal people” (to use his term).

Paris to the Moon, Rowing to Latitude and The Island of Lost Maps

Surprise at unanticipated convergences and resonances is one of the delights of reading what you happen to toss into the suitcase hurriedly on the way out the door for a vacation. My daughter gave me Miles Harvey's The Island of Lost Maps for Father's Day.