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From the April 2014 issue

Churchill’s First War: Young Winston at War with the AfghansBy Con CoughlinThomas Dunne Books, 320 pages Winston Churchill spent a lifetime fascinated by and deeply involved...

American Jewry is in crisis—and much of its leadership prefers to ignore it. The publication last October of the Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of...

“Fake it till you make it.” So said Yale University President Peter Salovey to a group he gathered last October for the announcement of the...

The 50 states are sometimes called “laboratories of democracy.” Although the expression is intended to highlight in flattering terms how innovative they can be, it...

National memories like personal ones, tend to be self-flattering, soothing, and often glorious. So it comes as a shock when historical research shows those memories...

Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image AbroadBy Martha BaylesYale University Press, 336 pages Sayyid Qutb, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood,...

In February, Hillary Clinton visited a majority-Hispanic classroom in East Harlem, where she extolled the wonder-working properties of early childhood education. One photo of the...

Johnny CarsonBy Henry BushkinEamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 304 pages True story: The son of a famous television sitcom actor tried, hopelessly, to connect emotionally with his...

The Book of Jonah: A NovelBy Joshua Max FeldmanHenry Holt and Company, 352 pages Jacob Jacobstein, the protagonist of Joshua Max Feldman’s continually surprising debut novel,...

Few friendships have been more intimate—or less likely—than that of Paddy Chayefsky, who wrote Marty and Network, and Bob Fosse, the director and choreographer of...

The last of his groundbreaking television comedy shows was canceled 56 years ago, when he was just 35 years old. He then all but disappeared...

To the Editor: David Gelernter extols Judaism for its emphasis on this earthly life and condemns the Kurzweil Cult of roboticism [“The Closing of the Scientific Mind,” January]....

Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s SoulBy Daniel GordisSchocken, 320 pages Menachem Begin, who lived the lives of 10 men at a time and in places...

Doris Kearns Goodwin knows how to pick winners, the perennial favorites with a significant part of the American public: Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin...

The first time I met my future mother-in-law, a professor at Columbia University and a longtime resident of the Upper West Side, she asked me...

Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to ObamaBy Stephen SestanovichKnopf, 416 pages Among the many virtues of Maximalist is the mathematical elegance of its thesis,...

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of WarBy Robert M. GatesKnopf, 640 pages Robert Gates has the unusual perspective of having served in the same Cabinet position...

I  A broker has the flu. His wife takes his temperature. “It’s 103,” she says. “When it gets to 104,” he says, “short me.” II Kaplan works for a hedge...
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April 2014