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From the December 2013 issue

If the Republican Party descends into civil war over the next two years, a luncheon in October of this year will count as its Fort...

To the Editor: What is one to make of Sol Stern’s diatribe about Hannah Arendt, which is cloaked as a review of the new Margarethe von...

The IdealistBy Nina MunkDoubleday, 272 pages With the publication of his 2005 bestseller The End of Poverty, Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs rose to fame in the...

When Hollywood Was Right:How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Remade American PoliticsBy Donald T. CritchlowCambridge University Press, 240 pages The idea of an era...

To the Editor: In his description of Barack Obama’s basic beliefs on America’s position in the world [“The Citizen of the World Presidency,” September], Elliott Abrams...

JFK, ConservativeBy Ira StollHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pages Is Ira Stoll’s JFK, Conservative just a bit of high-end trolling of liberals? Nothing wrong with that, of...

Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White HouseBy Peter BakerDoubleday, 816 pages In significant ways, we still live in the post-9/11 era. Islamic extremists plot against...

When Nora Ephron died in 2012, many who wrote to mourn her passing gave the impression of feeling they had lost someone close to them—regardless...

When it comes to getting his way on domestic policy, President Obama seems to have found a model in Herman Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener: What...

The GoldfinchBy Donna TarttLittle, Brown and Company, 784 pages The Secret History, Donna Tartt’s 1992 debut, was that exceedingly rare creature: a brilliant and addictive thriller...

To the Editor: One question seems to have escaped Evelyn Gordon’s recasting of the events surrounding the blatant discrimination against Nashot HaKotel/Women of the Wall in...

Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a NationBy Yossi Klein HaleviHarper, 608 pages When the 18th World Zionist Congress met...

In my feature story last month, “Loving Us to Death: How America’s embrace is imperiling American Jewry,” I discussed the implications of the Pew Research...

The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday LifeBy Uri Gneezy & John A. ListPublicAffairs, 288 pages The range of subjects covered by those...

The sports columnist for the Washington Post was adamant: Change was in the air, a longstanding injustice was soon to be righted. “The genie is...

Finkel is shopping on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side when he is stopped by a man in a threadbare suit, dirty shirt, and...

No matter the degree of disastrousness of its October debut, no matter the efforts of Republicans to derail it, there is little or no chance...

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing FieldsBy Wendy LowerHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pages Although Rudyard Kipling told us in 1911 that “the female of...

The recent Arab revolts in the Middle East and the concomitant “Islamic Awakening” have not merely shaken up the order of an already violent and...

The fall semester is almost gone, and it’s time to order books for a spring course I have offered at Brandeis University for more than...
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December 2013