It wasn’t the books of Hobbes and Spinoza that shook the faith of the people. Rather, the people’s weakening religious certainty cleared the ground for godless philosophers.
From the day it was ﬁrst reﬁned, oil has been seen as one of God’s blessings on America and its holy mission in the world.
From the author, most recently, of ‘The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz.’
If the restrained Washington was his country’s father, the gregarious Franklin was its approachable uncle.
Bostonians refused to be forced to house British soldiers. So the army paid rent to willing landlords, and soldiers’ families settled down all over town.
In Lily King’s latest, a young writer adrift in Cambridge, Mass., ﬁghts off doubts about the life she’s chosen.
The novelist daughter of a superstar actress explores the illusions and realities of her mother’s celebrity.
In a picture book based on real events, two Berlin families take a gamble in the fall of 1979.
Elizabeth Little’s satirical novel brings together a socially inept film editor, a domineering director—and an unsolved murder on an island off the Delaware coast.
James Brown toured nonstop and ran his own record- and concert-promotion business as well.
Admirers thought him a latter-day Moses. For others, his dream of a homeland was delusional, even blasphemous.
The 1932 Olympics made Los Angeles the city it is today and marked the beginning of the long love affair between Hollywood and sports.
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A Westerner with rare access to his subject writes an authorized biography of one of the world’s most feted, and charismatic, ﬁgures.
The attack on Germany’s dams during World War II has been immortalized in popular ﬁlm and legend. The reality is more nuanced.
As it grew, Facebook was helped by knowing what apps its users were exploring, generally without users being aware of the surveillance.
Framing the Supreme Court’s duties in terms of economic inequality—and criticizing the court for failing to do what might reduce it.
What shocked colonists like George Washington into war? Britain’s imperious actions in Boston.
A mosaic of 1,001 narrative shards and curios, mostly relating to Israel-Palestine.
Friedrich was under the spell of Naturphilosophie, the view that there is no separation between the self and the natural world.