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From the June 2011 issue

“Tonight, President Barack Obama announced on May 2, “I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted...

To the Editor: In “The Bloomberg Bubble Bursts” [March], Fred Siegel and Sol Stern claim that teachers’ salary increases came with almost no return effort on...

Somewhere I have read that boredom is the torment of hell that Dante forgot.–Albert Speer, Spandau: The Secret Diaries Unrequited love, as Lorenz Hart instructed us,...

It was well past my bedtime on that glorious Sunday night when President Obama told the nation that Osama bin Laden had been brought to...

On May 3,  Hamas and Fatah, the two largest and most influential Palestinian factions, created a unity government. Following a brutal civil war in 2007...

To the Editor: Daniel DiSalvo, in his thoughtful article “The Reformist Right and the Reactionary Left” [April], points out many ways in which the left and...

I just turned 50, and I discovered that when you turn 50, your friends decide they must reassure you, as though you have become mired...

Reform’s Time of Choosing The naming of Rabbi Richard Jacobs as the new head of the Union for Reform Judaism has set off a debate about...

When Greg Mortenson—the Montana nurse who earned worldwide fame with his campaign to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and then recounted the tale in...

The Free World: A Novel By David Bezmozgis Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 356 pages In 2004, at the age of 31, David Bezmozgis published a slender collection called Natasha...

The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Riseof Hezbollah, and the Iranian War Against Israel By Michael J. Totten Encounter, 360 pages Modern terrorist attacks, Régis Debray...

Rehabilitating Lochner: Defending Individual Rights Against Progressive Reform By David E. Bernstein University of Chicago, 208 pages With the possible exception of Plessy v. Ferguson, which gave us the...

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...

The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding By Sarah Burns Knopf, 256 pages Say the words “Central Park jogger” and most New Yorkers of a certain...

“He’s pure evil, isn’t he?” a British colleague ventured when I told him I was reviewing Donald Rumsfeld’s autobiography. That an intelligent, well-informed person who...

For much of his very long life, Irving Berlin was dogged by rumors that he had plagiarized many of his best-known songs. In the most...

Berlin 1961 By Frederick Kempe Putnam, 608 pages I was four years old when the Berlin Wall was built. I was 32 when it fell. My generation, the...

The tsunami-driven crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in March reinforced Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson’s conviction that governments the world over must devise...
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June 2011