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From the April 2015 issue

After six weeks of madness, Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress and delivered a speech about the nuclear threat posed by Iran. It was a terrific...

Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan WarsBy Daniel P. BolgerEamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 544 pages The shooting wars may be...

At every synagogue, the month of Elul at the end of summer is exhausting for the leadership of the congregation and for the rabbi—as it...

God Help the Child: A NovelBy Toni MorrisonKnopf, 192 pages God Help the Child, Toni Morrison’s 11th novel, begins compellingly enough. A woman named Sweetness, “light-skinned,...

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous AssassinationBy Barry StraussSimon & Schuster, 323 pages Julius Caesar was warned several times not to go...

Here, then, is where we are. When the world’s most powerful nations began their effort to negotiate away Iran’s nuclear program in 2003, the Islamic...

To the Editor: Tevi Troy can be excused for gloating over ObamaCare’s failures in coverage, candor, and cost [“2015: The ObamaCare Crucible,” January], but repealing taxes...

Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of HistoryBy Barry EichengreenOxford University Press, 512 pages Cynics say history’s only lesson is...

To the Editor: I was chagrined to read the Mediacracy column detailing the demise of the New Republic [“The Mogul Wears Prada,” January]. The sense of...

For all its manifold beauties, the classical music of the 20th century has yet to become popular in America. One sign of its failure to...

Cosby: His Life and TimesBy Mark WhitakerSimon & Schuster, 500 pages Once, when I was in a hot tub with a very rich and successful television...

Mendelson was a devout man—went to every service, prayed every prayer, said every blessing required of him. But he could not make a go of...

We have entered a state of emergency. The Obama administration is pursuing policies that effectively serve the purposes of one of America’s greatest foes and...

I’ve developed a foolproof test you can use to identify the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination: Look at whomever the press is spending most...

Believer: My Forty Years in PoliticsBy David AxelrodPenguin Press, 528 pages The memoir of David Axelrod, the political consultant who helped elect Barack Obama and then...

I. The First Sentence Often quoted but rarely understood, the first sentence of Anna Karenina—“All happy families resemble each other; each unhappy family is unhappy in...

Alberto Nisman was a 51-year-old special prosecutor in Argentina who had spent more than a decade investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center...

Two Jews before a Nazi firing squad. The officer in charge approaches the first of the Jews and asks if he wants a blindfold.

On February 2, 2015, a Hellfire missile struck an automobile traveling along a rutted road in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. It killed six men inside—four Pakistanis...
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April 2015