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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

To commemorate Commentary’s sixtieth anniversary, and in an effort to advance discussion of the present American position in the world, the editors addressed the following...

The intensification of anti-Semitism in the Arab world over the last years and its reappearance in parts of Europe have occasioned a number of thoughtful...

One Nation, Two Cultures: A Moral Divide by Gertrude Himmelfarb Knopf. 192 pp. $23.00 Of all those who write about the moral condition of America, Gertrude Himmelfarb is...

Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel HarperCollins. 992 pp. $35.00 It can be argued that Pope John Paul II is the...

There has been a serious flaw in American historical writing that is only now beginning to be corrected. American historians have rightly celebrated the passionate moral...

The state of Israel is the product of more than 4,000 years of Jewish history. “If you want to understand our country, read this!” said...

There are two scenarios for world trade in the 21st century, an optimistic and a pessimistic one. The optimistic scenario is the one which, almost...

Reading the Mystery God: A Biography. by Jack Miles. Knopf. 446 pp. $27.50. No summary of mine can do justice to the richness of this book. Jack Miles, a...

1. The City Upon a Hill No other country in history enables us to examine more closely the interaction among religious belief, culture, and public life...

The late Lord Beaverbrook, owner of the London Daily Express and other successful newspapers, had a habit of calling the office late in the evening...

The World Stage Diplomacy. by Henry Kissinger. Simon & Schuster. 912 pp. $35.00. Good diplomats rarely write well about diplomacy. Ambassadorial memoirs include some of the worst books ever...

Leading Lady The Downing Street Years. by Margaret Thatcher. Harper Collins. 914 pp. $30.00. You cannot stop rulers from writing memoirs. Egyptian pharaohs and Persian kings published their doings...