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From the May 2012 issue

Twenty-five years ago this fall the most important American novel since Huckleberry Finn was published. Or, at least Toni Morrison’s Beloved must be considered the...

To the Editor: When I saw the title of Adam J. White’s essay “The Lost Greatness of Alexander Bickel” [March], I looked forward to reading guides...

On March 28, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland got into a testy exchange with Associated Press reporter Matt Lee over her refusal to say that...

When General Grant Expelled the JewsBy Jonathan D. SarnaNextbook/Schocken, 224 pages In December 1862, from his military headquarters in Mississippi, Major General Ulysses S. Grant...

The introduction of the term culture war into the political debate is usually ascribed to Patrick J. Buchanan, whose incendiary 1992 opening-night address at the...

Aside from a brief stint as a writing tutor during graduate school, I have managed to avoid respectable employment all my adult life. There was...

Although the superstar architect Frank Gehry was selected three years ago to design the memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington D.C., his quirky schema...

The Tyranny of Clichés:How Liberals Cheat in the War of IdeasBy Jonah GoldbergSentinel, 320 pages Violence never solved anything. Diversity is strength. We’re only as free as...

To the Editor: I was most disappointed to find that COMMENTARY now seems to have joined the fashion du jour of demonizing the haredim [“The Ultra-Orthodox...

The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual RevolutionBy Faramerz DabhoiwalaOxford, 496 pages It is March 10, 1612. In a courthouse in Westminster, England,...

Joseph Roth: A Life in LettersTranslated and edited byMichael HofmannNorton, 549 pages It’s been a fatiguing haul for the least known of the three literary Roths....

It’s probably safe to assume that no elected official in America understands the ins and outs of the labyrinthine U.S. budget the way Paul Ryan...

To the Editor: Jonathan Tobin’s article “Jews, Money, and 2012” [March] raises the intriguing possibility of the Jewish electorate influencing this year’s presidential election outcome. If...

American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His IdeasBy Jennifer Ratner-RosenhagenUniversity of Chicago Press, 452 pages American Nietzsche bills itself as a capacious history of...

Lamenting the illiberal fruit of the Arab Spring has become a favorite pastime of the Western commentariat. A year and a half after the movement’s...

Two years after its publication, Game Change, the bestselling account of the 2008 presidential campaign, remains a landmark in political journalism. This spring it was...

In February, the New York Philharmonic announced its 2012–13 season, the orchestra’s fourth under the leadership of Alan Gilbert, whose appointment as music director was...

The Iran Leakfest Last month, the Department of Defense leaked a study that said an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites would lead to hundreds of...

The case for Barack Obama’s foreign policy is as follows: He inherited a catastrophic world of woe from his predecessor, including two foreign wars, an...

Sy Moscowitz is the best, kindest, most self-sacrificing, and most truly pious Jew anyone has ever met. He helps out at the synagogue, he’s at...

The “war on women”—the alleged right-wing assault on reproductive freedom that erupted in late January—actually began quietly about six months before most Americans ever heard...

For ObamaCare and its namesake, the period from March 26 through 28, 2012, will go down as three very bad days politically—and possibly as three...

To the Editor: It would be interesting if Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan would expand upon their study of the often ignored economic progress...

Many Jewish voters this November will find themselves at a crossroads: Will they accept their deep disappointment with Barack Obama and vote for his reelection,...
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