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From the May 2013 issue

This year marks the 50th anniversary of possibly the most controversial but certainly the most notorious piece ever published in COMMENTARY from that day to this....

Playwriting in America has tended to be a man’s game. Many American women have written individual hit plays, but only three—Lillian Hellman, Wendy Wasserstein, and...

Saving Justice:Watergate, the Saturday Night Massacre, and Other Adventures of a Solicitor GeneralBy Robert H. BorkEncounter, 200 pages “I am suspicious of anyone,” the late Robert...

Constitutional Conservatism:Liberty, Self-Government, and Political ModerationBy Peter BerkowitzHoover Institution Press, 140 pages Peter Berkowitz’s brief and wise Constitutional Conservatism argues that conservatives, and the Republican Party,...

To the Editor: Robert S. Wistrich’s essay on “The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism” [March] is both concise and comprehensive. But the unstated question of the piece...

To the Editor: How readily does Matthew Continetti use the invective of the left [“Poseur Politics in the Era of Obama,” February]. The Republicans “have become...

In 2009, Edith Windsor found herself saddled with an estate tax bill of almost $400,000. She sold some assets, paid the bill, and then sued...

Tenth of December, the sixth book and fourth collection of short stories by George Saunders, was published in early January. On the cover of the...

To the Editor: Opposing gun control, as suggested by Benjamin Domenech [“The Truth About Mass Shootings and Gun Control,” February], is not wise counsel. Maybe violent...

In his 1943 paper, “A Theory of Human Motivation,” the psychologist Abraham Maslow outlined what he called our “hierarchy of needs.” Using the image of...

To the Editor: I was surprised that Joseph Epstein, in his review of Jewish Jocks [“This Jewish Sporting Life,” January], failed to mention what to me...

More Genocide Threats from Iran While President Obama was in Jerusalem in March reaffirming his promise to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Tehran’s...

‘Ron?’ he asked. ‘Ronnie Rosenberg?’ Rosenberg hadn’t a clue who was asking, and the man who had must have sensed this, for he quickly added,...

Last month, I argued that many conservatives were failing to take Barack Obama seriously—in their attacks on his golfing and their presumption he was in...

Simpler: The Future of GovernmentBy Cass SunsteinSimon & Schuster, 272 pages According to enthusiasts of the ascendant social science/life-coaching strategy/quasi-cult known as “behavioral economics,” government officials...

Radical: Fighting to Put Students FirstBy Michelle Rhee, Harper, 286 pages In 2007, Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty tapped Michelle Rhee to be chancellor of district...

The year is 1925. Yussele and Shloime are recent immigrants living on the Lower East Side, working at a pillow factory. One day, Shloime says...

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much MoreBy Bruce Feiler William Morrow, 304...

On July 30, 1815, John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson: “Who shall write the history of the American revolution? Who can write it? Who will...

The first glimpse we get of our hero in the new book Roger Ailes: Off Camera isn’t promising. The author, Zev Chafets, sits with Ailes...

My Beloved WorldBy Sonia SotomayorAlfred A. Knopf, 336 pages The first question that presents itself about Sonia Sotomayor’s autobiography is: Did she write it? This is...
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