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From the January 2015 issue

The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, has had a tough run of it since being signed into law nearly five years ago. It...

The Betrayers: A Novel By David Bezmozgis Little, Brown and Company, 240 pages Though he is often grouped with other American authors of Soviet Jewish lineage, notably...

Lila: A NovelBy Marilynne RobinsonFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 272 pages Marilynne Robinson’s phenomenal fourth novel (published 34 years after her first, Housekeeping) begins with a cast-out...

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital RevolutionBy Walter IsaacsonSimon & Schuster, 560 pages The microprocessor, that dirt-cheap computer on...

To the Editor: Omri Ceren is wrong; Israel lost in Gaza [“Yes, Israel Won in Gaza,” October 2014]. Hamas, seeking publicity, killed three Israeli teens, prompting...

The lies began at the very beginning, with assurances that American diplomacy had secured a “halt” in the Iranian nuclear program. Late on the night of...

Throughout much of the 1970s, Norman Lear was the most powerful TV producer in Hollywood. He created a string of situation comedies so successful that...

True Wit is Nature to advantage dress’d, What oft was thought but ne’re so well express’d.—Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Criticism”

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American DiplomacyBy Christopher R. HillSimon & Schuster, 448 pages The Foreign Service constitutes the permanent workforce of American foreign policy;...

In his article “Notes on What’s So Damn Funny” [September 2014], Joseph Epstein asks whether humor can be usefully studied and codified in the way...

Massacre in a Synagogue After months of incitement against Israel and Jews in the official Palestinian media, Jerusalem was rocked by a series of terror attacks...

Watching the explosion of “gotcha” outrage at the release of the so-called torture report on the part of many who had long ago determined that...

“What do you mean, impossible?” I was holding my newborn baby and looking up at my husband. “One kiss, that’s all I’m asking.” “You’re tameh. We...

I. The jihadist siege of a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris on January 9 was not the beginning of a new threat to French Jews...

To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican PartyBy Heather Cox RichardsonBasic Books, 416 pages Opponents of today’s Republican Party delight in using the party’s...

During his lifetime, the poet Philip Larkin tried to manage his affairs, both personal and literary, mostly by saying no. A bachelor librarian who died...

The New Republic celebrated 100 years of publication on November 19, 2014. A gala dinner was held in downtown Washington. President Clinton delivered a toast....

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New RussiaBy Peter PomerantsevPublicAffairs, 254 pages As a television producer living in Moscow during...

The Churchill Documents, Volume 17: Testing Times, 1942By Martin GilbertHillsdale College Press, 1,652 pages Testing Times is well titled; this 1,652-page work contains everything that Winston...

In colonial times, a woman was brought before a jury on a charge of having had carnal relations with several men. The prosecutor made his...

To the Editor: After reading Michael Medved’s essay “Open Up That Golden Gate” [September 2014], I’d like to offer an alternate strategy: Wait until California slides...

Like the high achieving students who are its centerpiece, Excellent Sheep* is nothing if not ambitious. In the book’s opening chapters, William Deresiewicz, a writer...
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January 2015