Chronicling Commentary's early years.
Dec 11, 2006, Vol. 12, No. 13 • By BENJAMIN BALINT
In chronicling that achievement, a biography of Commentary must explain--as Abrams does not--how the magazine both reflected and contributed to a growing appreciation among Jews of certain American democratic principles and freedoms; how, as sons of immigrants, and beneficiaries of these freedoms, they were well placed to discern them especially clearly, and to defend them especially vigorously. Such a book would tell the story of how a little Jewish magazine, gathering to itself the great American political and literary themes, transformed--and was transformed by--America.
Benjamin Balint is a fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.