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From the September 2011 issue

Thinking in an Emergency By Elaine Scarry W.W. Norton, 157 pages American concern about the fundamental tension between liberty and security in times of national crisis...

What if the president of the United States hadn’t proposed an $800 billion stimulus plan back in 2009—but one twice as large? That is the...

To the Editor: Joseph Epstein has done a wonderful job in his essay on boredom [“Duh, Bor-ing,” June]. He disturbed my own blessed boredom by prompting...

A Most Dangerous Book By Christopher Krebs W.W. Norton, 303 pages In 98 C.E., Cornelius Tacitus, a young Roman patrician who would mature into the archetypal...

I write this on a Monday morning as the world reacts to the astonishingly blasé decision by Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the creditworthiness of the...

To the Editor: In “Can Israel Survive This Presidency?” Jonathan S. Tobin points out: “Since 1967, Israel has continued to say no” to American administrations [July?/?August]....

The American literary critic Alfred Kazin was born with an undescended testicle, soon developed a stammer, and grew up, he tells us, in loneliness and...

To the Editor: Kevin D. Williamson’s review of Terry Eagleton’s Why Marx Was Right confirms what I have suspected for a while [“Why Eagleton Is Wrong,”...

Robert Gates left his job as secretary of defense at the end of June to virtually universal hosannas. Retrospectives of his four and a half...

“Be careful what you wish for,” it is said. Are neoconservatives soon to regret their wish for democratization in the Middle East? This was the...

Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of PhotographyBy Errol MorrisPenguin Press, 336 pages  Who today trusts photographs? In half an hour, anyone with a cheap...

I’ve spent much of my summer trying to dodge Mark Zandi. I pick up my newspaper, I turn on the TV, I tap-tap my iPad,...

To the Editor: In reading George Russell’s “The Other Rosenberg Case,” I was taken aback to learn about the many 1960s terrorists pardoned by Bill Clinton...

Iran’s nuclear ambitions have been given short shrift recently by the mainstream media and official Washington, but this doesn’t mean Tehran isn’t continuing its work...

Hear ye, hear ye!” says the bailiff. “Marriage and Family Court is now in session, the Honorable Judge Harlan Brubaker presiding. Calling Case 151, Steinmetz...

To the Editor: If I could convince everyone that the great debate over the Middle East fundamentally pitted soft-spoken liberals against, say, radical Israeli settlers, I...

If you wonder what the central issue of the 2012 election will be, Nancy Pelosi has a three-word proposal: “Medicare, Medicare, Medicare.” In a front-page...

In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with SyriaBy Andrew TablerLawrence Hill Books, 240 pages Among the more vocal critics of the Assad regime...

The original-cast album of The Book of Mormon, among the most popular new musicals to open on Broadway in recent seasons, reached the #3 slot...

Forty years ago, if you were a 15-year-old caught up in customary concerns—friends, clothes, kissing, music—television didn’t provide much germane material. If you lived in...

1. Closure On May 1, 2011, U.S. Navy SEALs put one bullet through the chest and one through the head of Osama bin Laden—nine years, seven...
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