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From the November 2014 issue

The story of Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly starts in 1981 in Baghdad, where he was born the youngest in a family of four. The Abdalys left...

In September, the New York Times published on its front page a lengthy and detailed story with the headline “Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes Out of the...

On the evening of September 15, the writer and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali addressed a crowd of more than three hundred at Yale University. It...

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global DisorderBy Bret StephensSentinel, 288 pages Although you can read the 288 pages of this well-researched, well-written,...

The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of ReaganBy Rick PerlsteinSimon & Schuster, 881 pages It would not be fair to Rick Perlstein...

To the Editor: I thoroughly enjoyed Jonah Goldberg’s comments on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century [“Mr. Piketty’s Big Book of Marxiness,” July/August]. He covered...

To the Editor: Bravo to Terry Teachout for pointing out the dominant, if depressing, current trend in Broadway musicals [“The Broadway Musical Crisis,” July/August]. I would...

Florence Gordon: A NovelBy Brian MortonHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 320 pages Florence Gordon, the cantankerous heroine of Brian Morton’s latest novel, wants to be alone. When the...

“It is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer,” the former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier once said—and due to the contributions “Baby Doc” himself...

In March 2014, Ted Cruz of Texas sought to separate himself from his Senate colleague from Kentucky by invoking the name of Ronald Reagan. “I’m...

To the Editor: We all learn from Joseph Epstein’s ruminations on death, his personal musings, and his remarks on the views of Epicurus, Turgenev, Plato, Thomas...

The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal CompassionBy William VoegeliBroadside Books, 273 pages “Compassion is not weakness,” Herbert Humphrey once argued, “and concern for the...

It’s April, the snowbirds are flying back from Florida and Hawaii, and on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a few are to be seen perching again...

Prudence is an intellectual virtue, the moral theologians tell us, sometimes even called the “queen of the virtues.” Without its power to humble and restrain,...

“To live your life is not as simple as to cross a field.” Even in English this line sounds Russian. It is in fact one...

I’ve never quite shared the outrage of certain quarters of the right about Benghazi. In part that’s because at some point it began to seem...

Sol Hymowitz was known to all as a man of great piety who never missed a daily minyan. He gave away his money, cared nothing...

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...

To the Editor: In reading Jack Wertheimer’s “What You Don’t Know About the Ultra-Orthodox” [July/August], I was struck by the thought that many of us, myself...

The name Budd Schulberg is likely to evoke only faint recognition. Yet the film On the Waterfront, which he wrote, remains a legendary classic, and...

Of the studio-era Hollywood directors whose best films have proved to be of lasting value, Billy Wilder was the one who brought off the least...
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