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From the March 2011 issue

The popular revolt in Egypt is a profoundly confusing event. It is clearly a true expression of the powerful yearning for change on the part...

At one point or another during the saga of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, when Assange joined with the New York Times and the Guardian newspapers to...

Through most of the 20th century, there was no contest for the title of America’s greatest playwright. Eugene O’Neill’s standing appeared to be secure not...

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement By David Brooks Random House, 448 pages Once philosophers, theologians, and poets asked the question: What...

When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry By Gal Beckerman Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 608 pages In October 1963, a group of Cleveland...

To the Editor: What if American Jews [at the time of the Holocaust] had followed the passionate example of Ben Hecht, tirelessly trumpeting news of the...

The nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court of an identifiably conservative figure tends to set off a flurry of noisy opposition from the ranks of...

The Oxford Book of Parodies Edited by John Gross Oxford, 416 pages For decades, comedy writers have puzzled over a mystery: Why is Mickey Mouse more famous than...

To the Editor: In his stimulating “Press Man” article “They’ll Always Have NPR” [December 2010], Andrew Ferguson falls victim to one chronic bit of National Public...

Over the past few months, President Barack Obama’s health-care law has been subjected to three devastating blows. First was the electoral repudiation of the Democrats...

To the Editor: In his review of Walter Schneir’s Final Verdict, Ronald Radosh reveals his unwillingness to view the case of my parents, Ethel and Julius...

Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right By Dominic Sandbrook Alfred A. Knopf, 508 pages “I’m mad as hell, and...

In the narrative crafted by Michael Bloomberg’s public-relations team throughout the first nine years of his mayoralty, he was the fabulously successful businessman who saved New...

Pundits are fond of talking about the disconnect between the GOP and the American electorate. Conservatives are out of step, so the wisdom goes. They...

Cities are the places to be for those who crave wealth, renown, intellectual companionship, choice food and drink, splendid art, high conviviality, sex any way...

To the Editor: Kevin J. Madigan’s thesis about the superiority of Pius XI to Pius XII is quite correct [“Two Popes, One Holocaust,” December 2010], and...

David Breuer, lying in his hospital bed, listens down into himself, waiting for his aorta to burst. Not that he’s impatient. It’s like waiting for...

On January 4 of this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally requested that President Barack Obama release Jonathan Pollard. He is the former U.S. Navy...

In late 2010, several organizations with mysterious names made impressive claims on the world’s attention. During a two-day period in the first week of November,...

On December 17, 2010, after his wares were confiscated by police, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight to protest corruption. His death may...

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 words or less. First...

To the Editor: In “The  WikiLeaks War on America” [January], Jonathan Foreman provides copious evidence indicating that Julian Assange is pompous, egomaniacal, and drunk on his...
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