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From the July/August 2012 issue

A recent work about the ratification of the U.S. Constitution rescues from oblivion an amazing and moving story about the Jews of post-Revolutionary New York...

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, one of the towering figures of American politics in the latter half...

Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American RepublicBy Jay CostBroadside Books, 368 pages Jay Cost’s...

In Venice, in 1998, some kids kicked a ball in front of Tintoretto’s parish church, Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto, where the 16th-century painter was buried....

Throughout the greater Middle East, opposition to the concept and existence of a Jewish state is an idée fixe for hundreds of millions of Arab...

On June 4, 1989, parliamentary elections in Poland gave Solidarity 99 out of the 100 seats they were allowed to contest. For those who still...

To the Editor: Not to substitute chiasmus for logic, but wouldn’t it have been more accurate for Fred Siegel’s piece, “How Highbrows Killed Culture” [April], to...

An Economist Gets Lunch:New Rules for Everyday FoodiesBy Tyler CowenDutton, 304 pages Anyone writing engagingly on a nonacademic subject who cites the political scientist Thomas Schelling...

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic RootsBy Deborah FeldmanSimon & Schuster, 272 pages In her bestselling memoir, Unorthodox, Deborah Feldman recounts the story of her apostasy...

The one-person play is now so familiar a genre for theatergoers that many would be surprised to learn it is among the youngest of all...

In One Person By John Irving Simon & Schuster, 425 pages John Irving is America’s best-known novelist of human eccentricity. After three minor artistic successes and...

This story begins fifteen years ago.–I’m not looking for sympathy or something, he tells Sheryl over breakfast. I’m being objective. Pass the marmalade, will you?...

Freedom’s Forge:How American Business Produced Victory in World War IIBy Arthur HermanRandom House, 432 pages Joseph Stalin was not exactly a man overflowing with compliments. So it...

A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than NothingBy Lawrence M. KraussFree Press, 224 pages To the lay observer, questions raised by the mere...

The coming presidential election is—surely I don’t have to tell you—the Most Important Election in Our Lifetimes. (Or is it in My Adult Lifetime, or...

This double issue centers on our third collection of Summer Fiction, complete with a cover intended to evoke that hot-weather perennial, the picnic blanket. (The...

The St. John Passion is Johann Sebastian Bach’s most controversial work. It is, indeed, his only controversial work. The sticking point is the fact that...

To the Editor: Bill Gertz paints a compelling picture of the threat from China [“China’s High-Tech Military Threat, and What We’re Doing About It,” April]. But...

When Larry’s first wife left him, he wept a bit and went to bed but then he had to get back to work. Eventually, he...

At the height of the Cold War, the CIA gets wind of a Soviet spy ring operating out of New York City. Allen Dulles, the...

To the Editor: In his review of Peter Beinart’s The Crisis of Zionism, Sol Stern seems to have missed entirely the most important part of the...

Imagine it: the end of an era. The last person able to testify to all that transpired, to all that befell us, the last person...

Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East HistorianBy Bernard LewisViking, 388 pages “Osama bin Laden made me famous,” claims Bernard Lewis, the Princeton historian...

One child was ridiculous—it meant you’d started too late, waited too long, were too attached and involved, too overprotective. You were setting yourself up for...

“There is a greater good, and for that you must be sacrificed,” explains the Director (played by Sigourney Weaver), the figurehead of a mysterious organization...

‘Full Annihilation of the Zionist Regime’ One of the key talking points for those attempting to rationalize Iran’s nuclear program has been to deny that the...

Roads to the Temple: Truth, Memory, Ideas, and Ideals in the Making of the Russian Revolution, 1987–1991By Leon AronYale University Press, 496 pages Two aspects of...
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