Non Fiction Archive

1920: The Year of Six Presidents - Guest Butler Billl Bodkin, a New York attorney and writer, is a student of American History. I’m not, so I’m delighted when he offers to school me. He last reviewed

740 Park - I was once married to an extremely rich woman. When we were out together, her set tended to forget I was a writer --- worse, a journalist. That

A Butler’s Life - Jeeves is no more. He served so well for so long that I really don't think of that search engine as "Ask" --- to me, it will always

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything - Until she was in fifth grade, our daughter drifted into sleep as her mother delivered a lecture that came to be known as “Bore Me to Sleep.” Our child was probably

A Sense of the World - James Holman was a 21-year-old British sailor with the bad luck to be the man on deck as his ship was buffeted by a winter storm off Nova

A Walk in the Woods - So you've written a batch of books, Mr. Bryson, and now you live in New Hampshire, a state where people rest from the chore of meeting Presidential candidates by lacing

After Paris: a reading/viewing list - Think back, please, to the weeks immediately following 9/11. In New York, they were quiet, contemplative, even profound. Eager to understand why it happened, many of us read Ahmed

Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City’s Lower East Side - The Hare With Amber Eyes is now available in paperback. You can still be among the first in your zip code to read it --- and then press it on

An Inconvenient Truth - An Inconvenient Truth

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes - In 1928, a heckler shouted at presidential candidate Al Smith, "Tell 'em all you know. It won't take long." Smith shouted back, "If I tell them all we

Artists in Residence - Here, in a lovely slip case, is a slip of a book. A pamphlet, if you will. But it is packed with information to whet an art lover's

Atlas of Remote Islands (Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will) - No worries that "Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will" will be showing up on gift lists. Though published by Penguin, the

Atlas of the World - Atlas of the World produced by National Geographic "Whenever you see a straight line in the Middle East,"

Banker to the Poor - Because we are all financially sophisticated here, we know that the time to borrow money is when rates are low and you don't need it. What do you do

Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia - In 1948, John Steinbeck and photographer Robert Capa traveled across Russia. "In the papers every day there were thousands of words about Russia --- what Stalin was thinking about, the

Billions: Selling to the New Chinese Consumer -       Billions: Selling to the New Chinese Consumer Tom Doctoroff As I write, Google

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin - “Most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they're capable of anything.” That’s what John Huston tells Jack Nicholson in

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire - "Blowback" is a phrase popularized by Chalmers Johnson (1931-2010). He wasn't a household name, so let me offer a short bio. As an undergraduate majoring in economics at Berkeley, he

Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World - GUEST BUTLER ALI BINAZIR, M.D., M.Phil. is the author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible. He holds degrees from Harvard College, UC

Boiling Point -       Boiling Point Ross Gelbspan You know the story of the frog and the