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From the May 2015 issue

To the Editor: I offer my sympathy to Terry Teachout, for he lacks a sense of humor. Anyone who has seen Road to Morocco or Paleface...

Leaving the Jewish Fold: Conversion and Radical Assimilation in Modern Jewish HistoryBy Todd EndelmanPrinceton, 425 pages There are many Jewish sociologists, fewer sociologists of the Jews,...

To the Editor: Arthur Herman’s article on fracking is misleading and biased [“The Liberal War on American Energy Independence,” February]. In order to get to deep...

The Wright BrothersBy David McCulloughSimon & Schuster, 336 pages The great increase in innovation that was powered by the Industrial Revolution made the 19th century an...

As with lengths of skirts, lapels on men’s suits, breastfeeding, and other more or less important customs, there are also fashions in fatherhood. The institution...

A God in Ruins: A NovelBy Kate AtkinsonLittle, Brown and Company, 480 pages You needn’t have read Life After Life, Kate Atkinson’s excellent ninth novel, to enjoy...

To the Editor: While American Jews have an understandable affinity for Israel, they certainly have no monopoly on it [“Slandering Americans Who Fight for Israel,” February]....

Most pop songs are about love. So are most classical art songs. So are most folk songs. What is more, most of us take all...

In his 2004 book, The Case for Democracy, the Soviet dissident turned Israeli politician Natan Sharansky argues that the West can win the long struggle...

Saul Bellow moved from Chicago to Boston soon after I moved from Montreal to Cambridge in 1993 to teach at Harvard. Our proximity meant that,...

When I arrived at Marquette University in the 1980s, a lively topic around the copy machine was when, and in what company, a teacher at...

Liebowitz, a notions salesman, has rarely flown on an airplane, but he has to get to Puerto Rico, where his niece is getting married at...

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...

Hillary Clinton is in an enviable position. As I write, in early April, she dominates polls for the 2016 Democratic nomination. According to Real Clear...

A Fatally Flawed Deal The conclusion of a framework nuclear agreement between the P5+1 powers and Iran is being presented by the Obama administration as the...

“Can Robert Putnam Save the American Dream?” That’s the question the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Marc Perry recently asked in a long and reverential article...

To the Editor: Kudos to Tevi Troy for describing how leftist Jews “superimpose” their political beliefs onto Jewish festivals such as Tu B’Shvat [“I Think That...

Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution By Amanda Hollis-Brusky Oxford, 264 pages Last November, the Federalist Society hosted its annual National Lawyers...

When the curtain opens on Sophocles’s Antigone, Thebes is reeling from a fratricidal war. The rivals for the crown have killed each other in battle,...

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror By Michael Weiss & Hassan Hassan Regan Arts, 270 pages ISIS isn’t a terrorist organization. It’s a transnational army of...

As Barack Obama’s presidency stretches into its final quarter, relations between the United States and Israel have reached the breaking point. Having come into office...
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May 2015