For much of its history, American society was awash in the biblical ideas, themes, names and gimcrackery—for good and ill.
In the mid-1960s, airlines promised male passengers a flight made alluring by young female company. Turbulence was just ahead.
How game theory explains conspicuous consumption, royal coronations, rap lyrics, trench warfare—and more.
Inside the House of Windsor, culture and conflict on the Black Sea, Don Winslow’s new mob saga and more. Plus: Shakespeare for kids.
If the Windsors have weathered a cavalcade of misfortunes and scandals, credit their determined family manager: the Queen.
Britons of the 19th century conquered the globe with a commercial and military empire. Along the way, they also transformed themselves.
Plucked from a restaurant job to a place in the celebrity-stuffed inner circle of New York media, Dana Brown had to learn who was who.
How to introduce the great playwright to young readers? Let us count the ways.
Plus Joseph Kanon’s ‘The Berlin Exchange,’ and Anne Perry’s ‘Three Debts Paid.’
Tracing the journey from slave ownership to full-throated abolitionism in the generations of a prominent New York family.
In the apocalyptic tales of John Wyndham, survival is a matter of keeping calm and carrying on.
For both the Allies and the Axis, a crucial part of the struggle came down to dominance of the marine battlefield.
Selected by Taylor Brown, the author, most recently, of the novel ‘Wingwalkers.’
Old-media conglomerates famously dismissed Netflix when it was a fledgling startup. Time Warner, Blockbuster: Where are they now?
A tour of the people and places that crowd around an ancient— and still vital— waterway.
In hopes of fostering goodwill, all sorts of things have been given by one head of state to another: diamonds, exotic animals, fancy neckties.
Is charitable giving really just a form of paternalism? Does philanthropy, however well intended, threaten democracy?
Two astronomers make the case that uncrewed missions are a superior option to putting humans in space.
The debate over the creation of the Jewish state was intense, both internationally and within the corridors of American power.
An audiophile’s search for nirvana, a Civil War chase at sea, Bach’s Easter masterpiece and more. Plus: books on monarchs who mattered.