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From the July/August 2014 issue

To the Editor: Jonathan S. Tobin is incorrect in thinking that the future of non-Orthodox Jewish life in this country is in doubt [“American Jewry’s New...

To the Editor: David Frum’s case against the legalization of marijuana [“Don’t Go to Pot,” April] boils down to one argument: If marijuana is legalized, it...

James Madison: A Life ReconsideredBy Lynne CheneyViking, 576 pages There are founding Fathers and then there are Founding Fathers. Anyone who signed the Continental Association (which...

The question I am asked more than any other these days is: How on earth are we going to make it to 2017? It’s black...

Will history declare Barack Obama a great, good, adequate, or poor president? Obama has three years left in office, and we can’t know what those...

To the Editor: Arthur Herman’s article “Will Israel Be the Next Energy Superpower?” impressively marshals economic data and paints a compelling picture [March]. Unfortunately, it...

The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East EuropeBy Yohanan Petrovsky-ShternPrinceton University Press, 415 page Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual HistoryBy Jeffrey ShandlerRutgers...

Charles Fourier, the utopian socialist who lived from 1772 to 1837, has been on my mind. Long ago, Fourier was considered a deep, monumental, visionary...

One: Piketty’s Charge If politics is a war by other means, then books often serve as the artillery. Take Herbert Croly’s The Promise of American Life, the...

The Rise and Fall of Great PowersBy Tom RachmanDoubleday, 400 pages Tom Rachman’sfirst novel, The Imperfectionists, chronicled the demise of an English-language newspaper in Rome from...

Obama’s Hamas Betrayal The Fatah-Hamas unity pact, concluded in April, destroyed any hope that the U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace talks might succeed. But America’s reluctance to...

American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and WhyBy Mark SteinPalgrave Macmillan, 288 pages When it comes to the English language, few words rival the...

Ten new musicals opened on Broadway in the 2013–14 season. Four of them—Aladdin, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway, and Rocky—were directly adapted from familiar American...

Everybody knows the war is over. Everybody knows the good guys lost. —Leonard Cohen Everyone knows that there has been no progress and no development in Afghanistan, that...

The gateway between Heaven and Hell is broken. No one can get into the underworld. As a result, the lobby where the souls of the...

In the middle of his much discussed memoir Little Failure, the novelist Gary Shteyngart describes attending the 25th reunion at the Solomon Schechter School of...

American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim GantBy Ann Scott TysonWilliam Morrow, 384 pages Nearly 13 years of war...

After more than a decade of war, it is understandable that the United States would continue the inward turn it began to take with the...

Park kept his eyes on the two guards near the entrance to the gravel pit. The heavyset soldier the men called Toothache massaged his swollen...

The so-called ultra-Orthodox may be the most recognizable Jews by virtue of their distinctive garb, but they continue to be the least-known actors on the...
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July/August 2014