An inclusive look at women’s history, beyond White activists

Historian Elisabeth Griffith includes divisions alongside victories in this rich, intersectional account of the struggle for equality.

By Connie SchultzAugust 12, 2022

The incredible feats and lonely life of sports legend Jim Thorpe

David Maraniss shows how the legendary athlete was celebrated, belittled and exploited.

By Aram GoudsouzianAugust 12, 2022

‘The Boys’ author Katie Hafner on her path from journalist to novelist

Going from nonfiction to fiction can be both liberating and paralyzing, Hafner explains.

By Katie HafnerAugust 12, 2022

A veteran asks: What did the Afghan war mean for those who served?

Marine veteran Elliot Ackerman, who helped evacuate Afghans, reflects on the war's flawed decisions, moments of kindness and "disastrous" end.

By Carter MalkasianAugust 12, 2022

Mary Rodgers’s memoir weighs in on her famous dad and Stephen Sondheim

Rodgers died in 2014, but worked on her memoir with Jesse Green.

By Wendy SmithAugust 11, 2022

‘The Man Who Could Move Clouds’ is a memoir full of magic

Ingrid Rojas Contreras tells the story of her grandfather Rafael Contreras Alfonso, a Colombian healer with otherworldly gifts.

By Rosa BoshierAugust 11, 2022

Behind the scenes of ‘Bull Durham’ and its bittersweet take on baseball

Director and screenwriter Ron Shelton shares quirky details about the making of the movie, and illuminates its themes of aging and regret.

By Chandra ManningAugust 5, 2022

The big bang created the universe. What created the big bang?

Quantum cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton winds back the clock to ponder the origin of our universe's origin.

By Daniel StoneAugust 5, 2022

Tracing the Republican Party’s devolution to one man: Newt Gingrich

Dana Milbank identifies Gingrich as the culprit who began steering the GOP away from Reagan and toward Trump.

By Christopher BuckleyAugust 5, 2022

History’s famous delusions, those who believed them — and why

Victoria Shepherd explains some of psychology's landmark cases with empathy and understanding.

By Lucinda RobbAugust 5, 2022

A fresh look at Ruth Asawa’s extraordinary life

On the occasion of a retrospective exhibition of Ruth Asawa's work in England and Norway, the show’s co-curators have edited a book of essays about her life.

By Reagan UpshawAugust 4, 2022

‘The Year of Miracles’ is a welcome reminder to savor the small stuff

Ella Risbridger’s new book beautifully explores the consolations of friendship and cooking (recipes included).

By Jennifer ReeseAugust 3, 2022

A geologist’s journey from the terrestrial to the celestial

Examining the rocks of the Earth and the mysteries of space, Lindy Elkins-Tanton also plumbs the meaning of her life.

By Marcia BartusiakJuly 29, 2022

How decades of greed and bad choices left us vulnerable to a pandemic

Covid-19 deaths are a symptom of many other social ills, including inequality, federalism and factory farms, John Ehrenreich argues.

By Andy SlavittJuly 29, 2022

The pope who thought he could negotiate with Hitler

Using newly opened Vatican archives, David I. Kertzer presents a comprehensive account of the failures of Pope Pius XII.

By John LougheryJuly 29, 2022

A joyful tour of French history, from main avenues to back roads

Graham Robb brings 2,000 years of history to life, weaving in rich details and forgotten characters.

By Elaine SciolinoJuly 29, 2022

Reader does this question need a comma? A new book offers grammar help.

Roving grammarian Ellen Jovin helps settle questions about commas, split infinitives and more in “Rebel With a Clause.”

By Dennis DuncanJuly 26, 2022

Wellness is something we all want. How has it become a luxury?

Fariha Róisín’s “Who Is Wellness For?” explores the cultural appropriation and commodification of a basic need — and how that can be changed.

By Sylvia Chan-MalikJuly 25, 2022

A (dubious) suicide, a (possible) mole and an enduring CIA mystery

After his colleague's disappearance, a former CIA officer was driven to try to solve an even larger puzzle, Howard Blum recounts.

By Joseph KanonJuly 22, 2022

Fear, biases and brinkmanship: A psychological history of the Cold War

The era's near-misses and misunderstandings serve as a cautionary tale as the United States again faces off with great-power rivals.

By Evan ThomasJuly 22, 2022