Sean Wilentz

Sean Wilentz teaches history at Princeton and is the author of Bob Dylan in America, which Doubleday will publish later this year.

Tocqueville didn't get everything right about Americans, but understanding him as a real, flawed observer makes his achievement more impressive. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Several new books on the rise and fall of conservatism look at the secrets of the movement's decades-old success -- and modern-day failures. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


Liberalism took a fateful turn in the 1960s by redefining reform in racial terms. Two new books on urban politics sometimes overstate their case against recent liberal policies, but they help clarify what went wrong. Read more