Carlos Lozada

Washington, D.C.

Book critic

Education: University of Notre Dame, BA in economics and political science; Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School, MPA in public and international affairs

Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2019 and was a finalist for the award in 2018. Previously he was the Post’s Outlook editor and has overseen news coverage of economics and national security. He received the 2015 National Book Critics Circle's citation for excellence in reviewing. Previously, he was managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine and a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at Columbia University.
Latest from Carlos Lozada

Authoritarianism is surging. Can liberal democracy fight back?

Review of 'The Age of the Strong: How the Cult of the Leader Threatens Democracy Around the World' by Gideon Rachman and 'Liberalism and its Discontents' by Francis Fukuyama

May 13, 2022

How insiders and true believers frame political history

Review of "What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party" by Michael Kazin and "The Right: The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism" by Matthew Continetti

April 8, 2022

Reading Putin

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, one question has loomed large: What does Putin want? Nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozada went looking for clues in the Russian leader’s 2000 book and other writings. Today on Post Reports, he shares what he learned.

March 8, 2022

How to read Vladimir Putin

A review of Vladimir Putin's book, essays and speeches reveals a leader obsessed with undoing the historical wrongs of the end of the Cold War.

March 3, 2022

What’s the right process for changing the world?

Review of ‘The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas’ by Gal Beckerman

February 18, 2022

How Trump’s political style smothered the last substance left in the GOP

Review of "Insurgency: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got Everything They Ever Wanted" by Jeremy W. Peters

February 3, 2022

An ‘exile’ from the American South finds the nation’s soul there

Review of “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation” by Imani Perry

January 20, 2022

A new book imagines a looming civil war over the very meaning of America

Review of "The Next Civil War: Dispatches from the American Future" by Stephen Marche

January 6, 2022

The 1619 Project started as history. Now it’s also a political program.

From magazine to book, the authors are rethinking their message.

November 19, 2021

A memoir of murder, family and law, but at a careful distance

Review of "The Uninnocent: Notes on Violence and Mercy" by Katharine Blake

November 5, 2021