Nicholas Thompson

How We Won

But the enormous galleys contained a real surprise. Gaddis hasn’t produced something new. Instead, he’s mercilessly cribbed from his previous books, compressed key episodes, macerated major themes–and produced something terrific. The big, thick cover hides wide printing on every other page, and, inside, a short first-rate description of an era that Gaddis lived through and… Read more »

Tax Laxity

The book’s title–Perfectly Legal: The covert campaign to rig our tax system to benefit the super rich–and cheat everybody else–isn’t subtle. But it does capture the first half of the book, in which Johnston describes how the “political donor class” has manipulated tax policy. Here, Perfectly Legal floods the reader with telling statistics and stories…. Read more »

Notes From the Underground

If she’s walking fast, wearing headphones, angrily porting a briefcase, or chasing down one of her children, that’s an easy no. She wouldn’t throw a dime into Jimi Hendrix’s case. Other women, who are more aware of their surroundings, have greater possibility. Usually it boils down to makeup and midriffs. If the woman is decked… Read more »