America

Glyn Davis reviews 'American Journeys' by Don Watson

Glyn Davis
16 August 2019

Travel in America is a journey crowded with literary acquaintances. For centuries visitors have striven to make sense of the United More

Varun Ghosh reviews Tired of Winning: A chronicle of American decline by Richard Cooke

Varun Ghosh
23 May 2019

Tired of Winning: A chronicle of American decline by journalist and essayist Richard Cooke begins with the shock of Donald Trump’s election on 8 November 2016. In New York’s L More

Varun Ghosh reviews Tired of Winning: A chronicle of American decline by Richard Cooke

Varun Ghosh
01 July 2009

Tired of Winning: A chronicle of American decline by journalist and essayist Richard Cooke begins with the shock of Donald Trump’s election on 8 November 2016. In New York’s L More

David Rolph reviews The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

David Rolph
22 April 2019

In 1987, Allan Bloom published his best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind. The American mind must have remained sufficiently open to allow it, three decades hence, to More

Ian Tyrrell reviews Secularists, Religion and Government in Nineteenth-Century America by Timothy Verhoeven

Ian Tyrrell
22 April 2019

In an address to the National Prayer Breakfast (8 February 2018), President Donald Trump called the United States a ‘nation of believers’. As evidence, he reminded his audience that th More

Ian Tyrrell reviews Progressive New World by Marilyn Lake

Ian Tyrrell
22 February 2019

In 1902, Australian feminist and social reformer Vida Goldstein met Theodore Roosevelt in the White House during her North American lecture tour. Marilyn Lake retells the story of their en More

Daniel Juckes reviews Call Them by Their True Names: American crises (and essays) by Rebecca Solnit

Daniel Juckes
11 February 2019

On the first page of her book Hope in the Dark (2004), Rebecca Solnit quotes from Virginia Woolf’s diary: ‘The future is dark, which is on the whole, the best thing the future More

Prudence Flowers reviews Civilizing Torture: An American tradition by W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Prudence Flowers
01 February 2019

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1791, prohibits the use of ‘cruel and unusual punishments’. General Order No. 100 (the Lieber Code of 1863) declares More

Ben Vine reviews 'These Truths: A History of the United States' by Jill Lepore

Ben Vine
18 December 2018

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama declared that the story of American history is of countless people striving toward ‘a more perfect union’, that most utopian of goal More

James Ley reviews 'The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime' by Harold Bloom

James Ley
24 March 2016

As he reminds his readers on numerous occasions in The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime, Harold Bloom is now well into his eighties. He has spent a lifetime teaching and writing about literature at Yale University, where he has long claimed to constitute a 'department of one'. The claim is part lament, part affectation, part boast. ... More