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From the September 2012 issue

But, gee, to depend on somebody to tell you the absolute truth every night and give you The Word every night, that’s a bad thing,...

From the April issue of our publication, Yoram Hazony’s article ‘The Rav’s Bombshell’ has occasioned impassioned debate around the world, with a flood of responses...

The Fish That Ate the Whale:The Life and Times of America’s Banana KingBy Rich CohenFarrar, Straus, Giroux, 288 pages The banana tycoon Samuel Zemurray is an...

Undoubtedly, Lyndon Johnson was an important president. He came to office under melodramatic circumstances, one of only four men to succeed a murdered predecessor. His...

Telegraph Avenue: A Novel By Michael Chabon Harper, 480 pages Until his latest novel—his fifth in 24 years—Michael Chabon’s career had separated neatly into two stages....

“The New York Jew” is an enduring American archetype that comes in many guises: as the secular cosmopolitan with decidedly left-wing political tastes, as the...

Satisfaction Not Guaranteed:Dilemmas of Progress in Modern SocietyBy Peter N. StearnsNew York University Press, 279 pages As citizens of a country whose founders enshrined the pursuit...

If you want to understand how the United States became the most prosperous society in the world, start with the ballpoint pen.  László Bíró, a...

Lincoln’s Code:The Laws of War in American HistoryBy John Fabian WittFree Press, 512 pages To hear President George W. Bush’s critics tell it, the steps the...

The Long and Short of It: From Aphorism to Novel By Gary Saul Morson Stanford University Press, 296 pages “World literature is a great symposium, and...

A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity By Luigi Zingales Basic Books, 304 pages For most of the 20th century,...

The Western and the superhero movie—the two most American genres in cinema—come from the same literary tradition: the great American mythos. In that tradition, America...

FDR had the New Deal, LBJ the Great Society. But the economic adventurism of Barack Obama lacks a catchy nickname, and it deserves one, because...

To the Editor: Michael Medved’s article “What the Evangelicals Give the Jews” [May] is something of a milestone on the rocky road of relations between Jews...

Newspapers suffer from a terrible case of multiple personality disorder if they’re any good. From page to page you never know whose voice you’ll hear,...

To the Editor: Michael J. Lewis ably identifies the misconception inspiring the Eisenhower Memorial design and its failure to convey “greatness” [“Eisenhower and the End of...

To the Editor: After reading John Podhoretz’s editorial about same-sex marriage, I remain baffled by one aspect of how conservatives deal with this issue [“The Limit,”...

A thought experiment: A child is born somewhere, anywhere, on the earth in the past decade. The family of that child wishes or needs to...

In late June, the Supreme Court ruled that despite some significant constitutional flaws, the Obama health-care law would remain the law of the land—owing to...

“Bush Lied, People Died,” said the post-Iraq bumper sticker. “You lie!” shouted Rep. Joe Wilson at President Obama during a 2009 speech to a joint...

The Rising Tide of Jew-Hatred The 2011 U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom Report was released at the end of July, and the results relating to...

How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism By Roger Scruton Oxford University Press, 464 pages In How to Think...

  I Two men are sitting in the Phoenix airport, deep in conversation as they pore over a legal document. “Are you busy?” says an old man...

In the wake of the murderous 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, one began to hear a great deal of talk about the appropriate...

On a miserably rainy day in March 1948, 10,000 Jewish Communists and their supporters marched from 7th Avenue and 29th Street to Union Square in...

To the Editor: In her article “The War Obama Wanted” [May], Alana Goodman does not identify correctly whose religious liberties are at stake with regard to...
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September 2012