From the Ruins of Empire

An enthralling group portrait of the Asian intellectuals -- among them Gandhi, Sun Yat-sen, and Jamal al-Din al-Afghani -- who sought to create a tradition independent of the Western philosophic canon.  Journalist Panjak Mishra finds a rich seam of reflective thought that exercises rapidly growing influence over world culture.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…