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Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances

A soap opera with a British accent. That's the critical rap on Downton Abbey, the cross-Atlantic hit series which in January returned to PBS for its third season.

Book Reviews

Gay Rites

Gay Rites

A review of From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage, by Michael J. Klarman
Courtiers

Courtiers

A review of Barack Obama's Post-American Foreign Policy: The Limits of Engagement, by Robert Singh; Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, David E. Sanger; Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy, by Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, and Michael E. O'Hanlon; and The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power, by James Mann
A People’s Contest

A People’s Contest

A review of Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, by Allen C. Guelzo and This Great Struggle: America's Civil War, by Steven E. Woodworth
Enduring Empire

Enduring Empire

A review of The Romans and their World: A Short Introduction, by Brian Campbell; Rome: An Empire's Story, by Greg Woolf; and Ancient Rome: From Romulus to Justinian, by Thomas R. Martin
Anguished Patriot

Anguished Patriot

A review of The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader, by Wilson Carey McWilliams, edited by Patrick J. Deneen and Susan J. McWilliams; and Redeeming Democracy in America, by Wilson Carey McWilliams, edited by Patrick J. Deneen and Susan J. McWilliam
Bribesville

Bribesville

A review of Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future, by Bill Emmott

Shadow Play

Vol. XIII1Vol. XIII, Number 1, Winter 2012/13
Free 2020 Spring Issue

With so many here and around the world still confined to quarters, the CRB editors have decided to brighten your detention by making our new Spring issue available free to readers everywhere. No masks required.