Editor’s Note: Well be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy!

The understated political intelligence and ideological depth of George Washington have been occasionally lost to history. No longer.

City Journal | 52 min (13,055 words)

What makes us human? To answer that question, one must turn to a strange mechanical duck.

Wilson Quarterly | 12 min (2,983 words)

Part novel, part history, all brilliant: The book that explains why the Soviet Union failed.

Hoover Institution | 12 min (3,120 words)

The Atlantic Ocean may have just been saved ... by government bureaucrats. 

Washington Monthly| 28 min (6,983 words)