Can Hillary Reset Herself? On March 4, Hillary Clinton was asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s moves into the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow would formally annex two weeks later. Putin had justified his actions on the claim that ethnic Russians were at risk of violence or worse at the hands of Ukraine’s post-revolutionary and pro-Western government. The...

Revising the History of Gay Marriage Redeeming the Dream By David Boies and Theodore B. Olson (Viking, 310 pages, $28.95) Forcing the Spring By Jo Becker (Penguin, 470 pages, $29.95) In the United States, the public debate over same-sex marriage goes back at least as far as 1970, when two male students at the University of Minnesota attempted to obtain a...

Does Mugabe Have a Conscience? Most people would not suspect Robert Mugabe of harboring a guilty conscience. The 89-year-old President of Zimbabwe has ruled the southern African nation for 34 years, making him one of the world’s longest-serving leaders. The results of his misbegotten reign form a uniquely depressing catalog in the annals of post-colonial Africa: the erstwhile “jewel” and...

Hungarian Rhapsody   I Kiss Your Hands Many Times By Marianne Szegedy-Maszák Spiegel & Grau, 370 pages, $19.96 Growing up as the children of Hungarian refugees, Marianne Szegedy-Maszák and her siblings knew their lives “were destined to be less interesting, less accomplished, less erudite, and less meaningful than those of the adults.” That may seem to run...

Sorry, Naysayers, But America isn't Over Yet   The Myth of America’s Decline By Josef Joffe Liveright, 352 pages, $26.95 It may be hard to fathom today, but there was a time when the existence of a 23-inch-long satellite heralded America’s downfall. The tiny contraption in question was Sputnik, the launching of which by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957 simultaneously...

Mountain West Rashomon A revealing exposé suggests Matthew Shepard, the gay-rights martyr, may have actually been murdered over crystal meth, not his sexuality.

The Inside Story This Town By Mark Leibovich Penguin, pp.400, £17.99 Many books have been written about the corruption, venality and incestuousness that characterise Washington DC, but none has been as highly anticipated or amusing as This Town. Written by Mark Leibovich, the senior national correspondent for the New York Times magazine, it has been on the minds...

The Shameful Treatment of the Man Behind the Enigma Code Alan Turing, the man who developed the Enigma code that saved the Allied war effort, was not merely disregarded by his country. A homosexual, he was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 and chemically castrated via forced oestrogen injections. Under unimaginable duress, he committed suicide. That it took until 2009 for the British government to...