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From the February 2012 issue

Israel: An IntroductionBy Barry RubinYale University Press, 336 pages On the occasion of Israel’s 50th anniversary, the British historian Paul Johnson wrote in COMMENTARY that among...

Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of WarBy Eliot A. CohenFree Press, 432 pages In the...

When Virginia Woolf said in 1925 that “there is perhaps no person living who can remember reading David Copperfield for the first time,” she was...

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington By Condoleezza Rice Crown Publishers, 766 pages At 766 pages, Condoleezza Rice’s memoir of her service...

In October 2009, Charles Krauthammer memorably told an audience at the Manhattan Institute that “decline is a choice.” There is, he said, nothing natural about an erosion in...

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is the most influential anti-Semitic book ever published. Purporting to be the minutes of a top-level secret meeting...

To the Editor: It remains an open question whether the many revolutions of the Arab Spring will yield truly democratic societies, as Joshua Muravchik states [“Neoconservatives...

To the Editor: The vicious contention over the corpse of Ronald Reagan [“The Liberal Misappropriation of a Conservative President,” October 2011], like that between the left...

Hamas’s Unchanged Heart The latest attempt to convince Israelis that worries about their security are unfounded concerns a supposed shift in the worldview of Hamas....

In early January, Iran caught the world’s attention by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz and brandish shore-to-sea cruise missiles in what was to...

To the Editor: In “Hard Szell” [November 2011], Terry Teachout generally admires George Szell despite the latter’s abrasive and bullying character. But in his clear preference...

On March 26, 2012, the Supreme Court will begin hearing five and a half hours of argument on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health-care law....

One night, nearly 25 years ago, I was talking with Christopher Hitchens at a cocktail party—that this statement could be construed as name-dropping is actually...

To the Editor: I was fascinated by George Russell’s article on Jim Jones [“The Left’s Great Crime,” January], but not for the usual reasons . For months, I...

To the Editor: Kevin J. Madigan puts forth the charge that the Vatican under Pope Pius XII helped Nazis escape justice in Europe [“How the Catholic...

The Ideal Man: The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War By Joshua Kurlantzick John Wiley & Sons, 264 pages Two distinct stories,...

A blurb on a book jacket would seem an unlikely vehicle for the introduction of a new and sinister tactic in the promotion of an...

  For 65 years, every day, Fishbein goes at noon to Ratner’s, the famed dairy restaurant on the Lower East Side a few blocks from his clothing stall...

Had an American taxpayer fallen into a deep slumber in January 2011 and awakened 11 months later, he might have thought he had been teleported into...

In 1973, at the age of 71, an entertainment-industry veteran named John Houseman played a haughty Harvard Law School professor in a movie called The...

The short walk from home to school had become a gauntlet of fear for eight-year-old Naama Margolese, a cherub-faced second-grader at a modern Orthodox elementary school...

Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security Edited by Dean Reuter and John Yoo Encounter, 320 pages I was on an American Airlines...

On October 2011, when the so-called Arab Spring took a dark turn in Cairo, Egypt, the social media and smartphone technologies that had aided protesters...
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