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From the June 2012 issue

To the Editor: I wish I could agree more fully with Lazar Berman and Uri Sadot, as many of the parallels they adduce seem accurate [“Israel and...

To the Editor: Joshua Muravchik has provided the most comprehensive article I’ve read on the ineptitude and corruption of the United Nations [“Putting the UN in...

To the Editor: Meir Soloveichik has written a beautiful account of Benjamin Rush’s witnessing of a Jewish marriage that took place in 1787 [“Blessed Unions,” March]....

Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick By Peter Collier Encounter, 368 pages Jeane Kirkpatrick led a harder life, professionally and personally, than her...

Police officers arriving on the scene of an early-evening shooting on February 26, 2012, in the Florida town of Sanford had no way of knowing...

“In my 50 years of following the energy business, this is by far the biggest event I’ve seen.” So says John Deutch, the chemist who...

Of the making of books about Lillian Hellman, there is no end. Since her death in 1984, she has been the subject of three full-scale...

Iran Plays the West for Suckers Some in the media are claiming that America’s tensions with Iran are subsiding since the two countries have attended new...

To the Editor: While Terry Teachout is certainly correct in celebrating the unique qualities of Meredith Willson’s creative one-man Broadway musical miracle, The Music Man [“The...

My friend Matthew Shanahan, born in 1917, was 88 when I first met him in 2005. He was one of those handsome bald men, with...

On October 9, 2009, the five obscure Norwegians who choose the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize announced the year’s laureate: President Barack Obama. At...

If anyone from the generation of American writers born after the Second World War has a claim to being a major novelist, it is Richard...

Few things are more difficult in politics than confronting failure and learning from it. It is especially difficult when a leader you have championed, and...

America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats) By David Gelernter Encounter, 185 pages Why is the American academy so monolithically left-wing?...

God’s Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right By Michael Sean Winters HarperOne, 440 pages In the days...

The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City By Alan Ehrenhalt Knopf, 288 pages New York was once the town of the tenement....

Fifty Shades of Grey By E L James Vintage, 528 pages Fifty Shades Darker By E L James Vintage, 544 pages Fifty Shades Freed By E L...

Sid Feldman runs into a friend on Broadway. “Sid, you look terrible!” the friend says. “I just got back from a vacation in the mountains,”...

Since same-sex marriage emerged as an issue in the early 1990s, brilliant conservative thinkers have constructed a remarkable series of arguments against it. There are...

The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise By Arthur C. Brooks Basic Books, 224 pages The nasty, petty, and seemingly endless...

One thing liberal, or mainstream, news outlets do better than their conservative counterparts is making what lawyers call “an admission against interest.” You are more...

Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition By Marni Davis New York University Press, 272 pages The title of Marni Davis’s Jews and...

In the past two decades, the vocabulary of American Jewish life has undergone a profound transformation. The evidence is all around us: in books promoting...

In April, the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting was awarded to the Associated Press for a series of articles it published about the New York...
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June 2012