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From the June 2013 issue

Hitler’s PhilosophersBy Yvonne SherrattYale University Press, 328 pages Adolf Hitler liked to think of himself as a philosopher, and was never happier than when dropping the...

Disappearing Red LinesLast fall at the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited ridicule by literally drawing a red line across a...

No Joke: Making Jewish HumorBy Ruth R. WissePrinceton University Press, 292 pages In Jews and Power, her brilliant 2007 analysis, Ruth R. Wisse described the Jews’...

Brainwashed:The Seductive Appeal of Mindless NeuroscienceBy Sally Satel and Scott O. LilienfeldBasic Books, 256 pages If the field of neuroscience were to be represented by a...

The Vienna Philharmonic recently issued a report by a group of independent historians in which the orchestra officially acknowledged for the first time the closeness...

He was thirty when they met, Nina twenty-one and a few weeks out of college, her diploma in an unopened envelope under the bed she...

To the Editor: If one starts off with flawed—or totally wrong—premises, it’s unlikely one will end up with the correct conclusions. Sadly (for Republicans, anyway), that’s...

1. When Obama Embraced Drone Warfare How, exactly, did drone warfare and targeted killing become key elements in America’s counterterrorism strategy? And why should we care about...

      Sam Finkelstein and Ben Schwartz are brought before a firing squad. They are put up against a wall. “Any last requests?” the captain asks. Finkelstein says, “I...

There are moments in the life of a good progressive when ordinary measures are deemed inadequate to the task at hand—when drastic action is required...

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act won’t be implemented fully until 2015. But by most every measure, and according to most every voice, things are not...

Did the Obama administration lie about the nature of the attack on our post in Benghazi last September? Yes. Did a leak investigation by the...

On April 2, an Israeli court convicted a member of the Palestinian security forces of the murder of 25-year-old Asher Palmer and his one-year-old son,...

A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius JosephusBy Frederic RaphaelPantheon, 368 pages It is no meager feat to defend a man whose own...

The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in RetreatBy Vali NasrDoubleday, 320 pages Hell hath no fury like a government staffer scorned. Every U.S. administration suffers its share...

The View from Penthouse BBy Elinor LipmanHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 272 pages Elinor Lipman, a genuinely gifted writer of light fiction, has a lovely formula down pat,...
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June 2013