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From the October 2013 issue

Squatting at the edge of a rock outcropping, Paul Lipinsky, twelve years old, heard the sound of tires disturbing the bungalow colony’s gravel road. With...

Few forms of American music are considered to be as indigenous, authentic, and regional as blues, especially Mississippi Delta blues. Born on isolated plantations, refined...

Losing the Center: The Decline of American Liberalism, 1968-1992By Jeffrey BloodworthUniversity Press of Kentucky,384 pages Who remembers the fall of 1976, and the brief flurry of...

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and PoliticsBy Charles KrauthammerCrown Forum, 400 pages Young people often ask Charles Krauthammer how they can become a...

The MorelsBy Christopher HackerSoho Press, 368 pages To review Christopher Hacker’s debut novel in the conventional manner—introducing the characters, summarizing the plot, then weighing in with...

The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet UnionBy Peter SavodnikBasic Books, 288 pages In 2011, a paranoid schizophrenic named Jared Loughner approached Gabrielle Giffords at...

“I remember some of the speeches of Eisenhower,” Hillary Clinton said during a joint interview with President Obama in January. “You know, you’ve got to...

To the Editor: Daniel Pipes accurately shows the need for the reform of ossified Islamic doctrine and law (Sharia), and cites a few signs he finds...

For all the controversy about Israel’s status as a “Jewish state,” the country’s own legal framework establishing it as such is surprisingly tenuous. Israel, unlike...

Message in a Missile Vladimir Putin bolstered his Syrian ally, Bashar al-Assad, last month, but that wasn’t the only important and recent example of Moscow’s...

Cancelled and current passports show that I have been in Israel 40 times since 1992, on visits lasting from several days to several months. In...

To the Editor: What a lovely tribute by John Podhoretz to his much-loved sister! [“My Sister Rachel,” July/August.] It brought tears to my eyes. After reading...

Margalit Fox is one of those writers—I’m reluctant to demote her to the rank of mere journalist—whose every paragraph carries an undercurrent of humor. I...

To the Editor: Robert Herritt’s review of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld, resurrects the old mind-body dualism,...

By the time Leonard Bernstein died in 1990, he was unquestionably America’s best-known classical musician. Yet his achievements were viewed with persistent skepticism by critics...

     The phone rings on the wall of Mrs. Gerda Weinblatt’s kitchen in her apartment at 303 Avenue S in Brooklyn. “Mrs. Weinblatt?” a voice says. “I have Worthington...

In his memoir Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama describes the after-school routine of his childhood in Hawaii, where he was raised by his grandparents: I...

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded CapitalBy Mark LeibovichBlue Rider Press, 400 pages Many years ago, shortly after I...

On August 18, security officers at London’s Heathrow Airport detained a Brazilian named David Miranda. They did so under the United Kingdom’s Terrorism Act, which allows...
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