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From the February 2011 issue

There was among the other little girls a desperate yearning to please Cooper, which felt to her as familiar and nurturing as her mother’s embrace....

To the Editor: William Voegeli (“Americans Don’t Hate the Rich,” December 2010) defends lower taxes on the wealthy. Yet he complains that “no party or politician...

To the Editor: The reasons President Obama might be defeated in 2012 are simpler and more fundamental than those suggested by John Podhoretz [“The Liberal Crisis,”...

The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America, and the Rumors of War By Dana H. Allin and Steven Simon Oxford, 224 pages Since World War II, successive crises have tied American...

To the Editor: Terry Teachout’s definition of the origins of blues is as limited as the misconceptions he seeks to dispel [“De-Romanticizing the Blues,” November 2010]....

Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka By Rodger Kamenetz Nextbook/Schocken, 361 pages Students of Gershom Scholem liked to quote the great and intransigent 20th-century scholar of...

A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction By Ruth Franklin Oxford, 256 pages Despite our enduring national fascination with the Holocaust, there has been little serious American...

If I were a professor of journalism—anyone? anyone?—and I wanted my eager young scholars to ponder a case study in the rhythms of modern newsmaking,...

On February 19, 2009, when the finance commentator Rick Santelli indulged in a rant against the newly unveiled “stimulus” bill on the CNBC cable network...

One of the many strategic errors made by the Obama administration in the early days of 2009 was its decision to take on talk-radio host...

The memoir by my husband introducing his last volume of essays in 1995, Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea, opens with a typical Irving Kristol...

The Jews of San Nicandro By John Davis Yale University Press, 252 pages Apulia is the least typically Italian region of Italy. Facing the Adriatic Sea, it extends...

The unusual and tragic career of Leon Fleisher has always been one of the great classical-music mysteries of the age. Widely regarded in the 1950s...

My middle-school archnemesis in Tehran was Mr. Pourmand, a Koran teacher and fanatical devotee of Iran’s clerical regime. We often clashed over my preference for...

The political attacks on the right that instantly followed the assassination attempt on Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords represented a brazen effort on the part of...

Abraham Lincoln was a Communist. But you knew that, didn’t you? Our 16th president’s bicentennial birthday, celebrated in 2009 with great fanfare, brought forth traces...

Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think About Marrying By Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker Oxford, 312 pages A professor at  Notre Dame once lamented to...

With the tragic news that four Americans have been killed by Somali pirates, the scourge of modern-day pirate militias is driven home as something more than...

The Same Thing Over and Over: How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday’s Ideas By Frederick M. Hess Harvard, 304 pages Frederick M. Hess has written an important book...

Every month in this space, Joseph Epstein tells a Jewish joke and invites you, the COMMENTARY reader, to offer an exegesis of it in 250...
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February 2011