White Christian America

American secular: The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion — what went wrong? John T. McGreevy reviews The Origins of American Religious Nationalism by Sam Haselby. Peter Laarman reviews Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation by Nicholas Guyatt. Victoria M. Massie on how American Christianity has long struggled to be on the right side of racial justice. The Watchmen: What became of the Christian intellectuals? White Christian

Paper Trail

Hasan Minhaj, a Daily Show senior correspondent, is collaborating with PEN America to launch “The M Word,” an event series that “will provide a platform for Muslim-American writers and cultural figures to address audiences on their own terms . . . to challenge the prevailing narrow representations of highly diverse Muslim communities comprised of more


Reforming the Racist Criminal Justice System

John MiddletonThroughout the Democratic primaries, police brutality and systematic discrimination in the criminal justice system have become critical campaign issues, due in large part to the unrelenting pressure

Daily Review

Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country

By nearly all accounts, Rio de Janeiro's Summer Olympics were not as bad as they could have been. In spite of green pool water, Ryan Lochte's lies, and terrible American TV ratings, there were a lot of people who made a lot of money. Brazillionaires, a recent journalistic account of Brazil's billionaire class, is a capable and thorough examination of the kinds of Brazilians who profited from the Games.


Jesmyn Ward

James Baldwin's 1963 work, The Fire Next Time, with its forward-glancing title, was the call; The Fire This Time, a collection of essays and poems edited by Jesmyn Ward, is the response. Featuring the work of contemporary, mostly black writers, it finds a way to touch on many subjects.


The Art of Advice-Giving

Lidija Haas

Advice is so much more enjoyable to give than it is to receive that its long flourishing as a genre—from the conduct books and periodicals of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the current plethora of columns, livechats, and podcasts—could seem mysterious. Of course, watching other people being told what to do might be the most fun of all, which surely helps account for the enduring appeal of the advice column.