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From the December 2014 issue

We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel By Matthew Thomas Simon & Schuster, 640 pages Instead of going to the priest, the men who gathered at Doherty’s...

To the Editor: In his September cover essay “The Meltdown,” Bret Stephens forgets to mention two pieces of ice that did not melt. The nuclear freeze...

In 1893, the German labor leader August Bebel breezily dismissed anti-Semitism as the “socialism of fools.” From then to the present day, the Western left...

When MelTormé died in 1999, the obituaries were respectful but not effusive. The New York Times, whose front-page obituary of Frank Sinatra described him as...

The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President By Aaron David Miller Palgrave Macmillan, 288 pages The questionof presidential greatness...

In April, in a four-hour call-in show televised across Russia, Vladimir Putin assigned the name New Russia—Novorossiya—to the lands in Southeastern Ukraine he claimed were...

Napoleon: A LifeBy Andrew RobertsViking, 976 pages Has there ever been another such man? A younger son of a family of very minor nobility from the...

Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and PracticeBy John NaglPenguin, 288 pages When theU.S. military found itself bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan...

President Obama’s foreign policy of disengagement has been shattered by the events of the past year. His conviction that a retrenched United States would be...

Barack Obama began the press conference he held the day after his party was crushed in the 2014 midterm elections by implying that the results...

Goldberg was walking down Collins Avenue in Miami Beach when he saw a man facedown in the gutter. He rushed over to help. “Sir, sir,...

On November 5, the morning after Republicans made historic gains in Congress, data guru Nate Silver issued a pronouncement. “The Polls Were Skewed Toward Democrats,”...

When the Vulgarism Hit the Fan U.S. relations with Israel have been icy throughout the Obama administration, but the formerly close alliance hit bottom in...

When the Death of Klinghoffer was first performed in New York in 1991, John Adams’s opera generated little protest and little acclaim. It was largely...

We found Felsenthal’s claim to have drawn straws determining the New Year’s Eve duty roster implausible. How does one person, the news director himself, draw straws?...
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December 2014