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Richard Pipes

Richard Pipes

Today’s Russia, the Russia of Putin and Medvedev, is a country of extraordinary contradictions. Its leaders claim that it is part of European culture; yet,...

The Opposing Self George Kennan: A Study of Character by John Lukacs Yale. 207 pp. $26.00 The author of this study, a Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust, is a...

The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis Penguin. 352 pp. $27.95 The conflict known since 1945 as the “cold war” was one of those titanic...

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...

I do not recall a period in modern history when United States foreign policy has been under such relentless attack both from abroad and at...

A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, his Covert Mission, and the Price he Paid to Save his Country by Benjamin Weiser Public Affairs. 383 pp. $27.50 Mark Twain...

Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life by Eric Hobsbawm Penguin. 464 pp. £25.00 Anyone who has been a lifelong Communist has a great deal to answer for: at least...

Troublemaker: The Life and History of A.J.P. Taylor by Kathleen Burk Yale. 491 pp. $35.00 At the height of his productive life, from the 1940’s through the 1960’s,...

The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else by Hernando de Soto Basic. 276 pp. $27.50 Hernando De Soto, a sixty-year-old Peruvian...

Yogi Berra is said to have once proffered this advice: “If you come to a crossroads, take it.” Russia seems to be following his counsel....

As the 20th century draws to a close, the traditional threats to liberty no longer loom large. The downfall of Communism has eliminated the most...

The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages by Tom Bethell St. Martin’s. 378 pp. $29.95 Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent retreat...