May 03, 2011

vol 128 No. 9

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Our spring books issue's reviews include Jason Byassee on David Ford, Shirley Showalter on Carlos Eire, Dennis O'Brien on Terry Eagleton, LaVonne Neff on Elias Aboujaoude and others.
April 18, 2011

Paul Ryan is using the deficit as an excuse to shrink the government via tax relief for the rich and program cuts that largely target the poor—while sparing military spending. That isn't courageous; it's simply wrong.
April 14, 2011

I came away from Heaven Is for Real thinking that either Colton Burpo was carried in an out-of-body experience to a biblical wax museum or he's been channeling images from his father's sermons back to his credulous parents.
April 25, 2011

Outside Paradise, government will never be perfect. But that's no reason to give up on it—any more than the fact that we can't love our children perfectly entails giving up on loving them as well as we can.
April 19, 2011

Unwarranted Influence, by James Ledbetter

The most famous farewell addresses in the history of the American presidency are those delivered by two of the greatest military leaders to occupy the office: George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower. Both warned of the threat that military power and its interests posed to the nation.
April 17, 2011

Virtually You, by Elias Aboujaoude

Enough already. Do I need yet another book to tell me that the latest technology is messing with my head? Late medieval church leaders, after all, didn't care for Gutenberg's invention, without which the Reformation would have remained a purely local aberration.
April 17, 2011

Jane Eyre

Dramatic adaptations of Char­lotte Brontë's Jane Eyre tend to go for romantic embroidery and Gothic grandilo­quence. But the new movie version feels pared down in all respects except the emotional. It has a piercing ferocity.
April 13, 2011

Beyond versatile

Every so often there's a new talent who sounds like bottled lightning. Chicagoan Rob Clearfield, not yet 30, is blessed as well with a relentless work ethic.
April 19, 2011