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From the October 2014 issue

The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100By Zane KotkerLevellers Press, 268 pages Zane Kotker’s The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100 wonderfully...

A scandal involving rape, ethnicity, religion, and the willful failure of Britain’s public authorities to protect thousands of girls from horrific exploitation has become international...

Not long ago I was introduced to an audience as an “intellectual.” This was a well-meaning choice of word, and a flattering one, but it...

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 live in a world in which ignorance of history is endemic. Too few are aware that under international law Jewish rights to...

Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, Race, Hatred, and the Prehistory of the HolocaustBy Götz AlyMetropolitan Books, 304 pages I am sure I am not...

In October 1973, with impeachment proceedings looming as a result of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon proposed a compromise to the courts and to...

Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against IsraelBy Joshua MuravchikEncounter, 296 pages The global backlash against Israel’s recent war in Gaza was far from...

During his first presidential run, Barack Obama repeatedly promised to roll back the imperial presidency that had grown inexorably over the past half century. “The...

To the Editor: Melanie Phillips confuses the political and theological in her essay on “The Return of Christian Anti-Semitism” [June 2014]. Her definition of anti-Semitism is...

The old Middle-Eastern order has collapsed. Like a glacier that has been undermined gradually by hidden trickles from within and then subjected to a final...

The murky facts of the August 9 incident in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was left dead in the...

Charlie Chaplin: A Brief LifeBy Peter AckroydNan A. Talese, 304 pages There is a lot to be said for short biographies. Plutarch tabulated the achievements and...

Max Goldman, 88 years old, goes to the Motor Vehicles Bureau in Miami. He has to take an eye exam before they will renew his...

If I were a libertarian, I’d want my money back. No less an authority than the New York Times proclaimed the dawn of a “libertarian...

I was at a conference of American Jews in September, and something interesting happened.  This was a terrible summer, someone said. Indeed it had been, I...

When Will the Next War Start? After 50 days of violence, an uneasy cease-fire settled over the border between Israel and Gaza in August. The...

Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?By Richard CohenSimon & Schuster, 288 pages In July 2006, as Hezbollah rockets rained down on the north of Israel,...

To the Editor: James Kirchick is correct when he writes: “Just as the president and members of his administration have repeatedly assured the American people that...

The story of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in the summer of 2014 is not a complicated one. In June, Hamas operatives...

The Nazi buildup to war and the Holocaust came at a bad time for America. During the recovery from the Great Depression, a traumatized United...
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October 2014