Lead Belly: A stunning life in pictures

"Good Night Irene" is one of the best-known songs in American culture. A new book gives us a chance to know the man who wrote it.


Exploding tea party myths about American history

Jill Lepore's "The Whites of Their Eyes" is two distinct histories in the space of a single volume.


Nelson Mandela's conversations - a review

"Conversations with Myself" provides the clearest glimpse yet into the mind of a man who is by nature private and reserved.