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From the April 2013 issue

At the beginning of a new Chilean movie called NO, set in 1988, two men are discussing their country’s upcoming plebiscite on whether to give...

The next time you say you hate your job, think of poor Martha Joynt Kumar. She labors under that ambiguous title “presidential historian”—except she’s a...

The MiddlesteinsBy Jami AttenbergGrand Central Publishing, 288 pages Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins, her fourth novel, resists easy summary; though the plot is quickly digested (the matriarch...

Becoming Right:How Campuses Shape Young ConservativesBy Amy J. Binder and Kate WoodPrinceton University Press, 422 pages When I was a senior at Harvard and the editor...

Twenty years ago a bill of one-act comedies by a nearly unknown playwright named David Ives opened off-Broadway. One-act plays are not often professionally staged...

The quasi-official ideology of the U.S. armed forces holds that generals are virtually interchangeable, that individual personalities don’t matter much, that ordinary grunts are in...

To the Editor:  While reading Linda Chavez’s “Hispanic Panic” [December 2012], I had to flip back to the cover several times to reassure myself that I...

Mismatch:How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t AdmitBy Richard H. Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr.Basic Books, 368 pages It is a...

Anti-Judaism:The Western TraditionBy David NirenbergW.W. Norton, 624 pages At the beginning of his new book, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, David Nirenberg makes an underappreciated point: Since...

Detroit: An American AutopsyBy Charlie LeDuffPenguin, 304 pages Detroit: An American Autopsy is a powerful but incomplete dirge for a city that in the 1950s led...

To the Editor:  Stephen Daisley puts matters colorfully and clearly in his essay, “Israel, the Will and Promise” [December 2012]. But a couple of his conclusions,...

To the Editor:  I applaud Terry Teachout for his insightful review of The Richard Burton Diaries [“The Devil & Mr. Burton,” December 2012]. Burton always seemed...

The apotheosis of the movie director Stanley Kubrick, after his death in 1999, has been consummated in a traveling exhibition of his photography and motion-picture...

To the Editor: As a conservative, I must admit my disappointment in the numerous yet diversely lame replies to your symposium question: “What Is the Future...

Admired around the world, and nowhere more than in the upper reaches of the American media, the British Broadcasting Corporation has long enjoyed the unstinting...

CoolidgeBy Amity ShlaesHarper, 576 pages Calvin Coolidge served for five and a half years as the 30th president of the United States, and history has not...

On February 25, exactly one month before the beginning of Passover 2013, the Orthodox Jewish world was sent into a combination of panic and outrage....

A chasm separates the Orthodox from other American Jews—or so we are told. Orthodox Jews marry younger, have considerably larger families, and provide their children...

Mendel the Modest is the best person on earth: generous, kind, thoughtful, and deeply pious. He dies and goes to Heaven, and is met there by...

Presidents are rarely thwarted in their nominations for major cabinet posts. Thus, the 58–41 vote that confirmed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense on February...

Barack Obama is a serious man. Yes, he likes to golf, and yes, he ran a campaign with cutesy Facebook pictures and seemingly inane Flash...

Turkey’s Hate Escalates The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spent the last decade trying to shatter his country’s alliance with Israel. Under...
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April 2013