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Chinese destroyer ‘Harbin’ visits Pearl Harbor (1997).

Numero Uno

The not-so-secret Chinese strategy for global supremacy.

BY ALEXANDER GRAY

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Neanderthal family models in ‘Ice Age Giants’ exhibition, Garding, Germany (2011

Poor Relations

The rise and fall of our Neanderthal cousins.

BY ELIZABETH POWERS

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Eighth-floor gallery: exposed roof beams and slanted skylights

Whitney’s New Digs

Alas, the very model of a modern major museum.

BY DANIEL GELERNTER

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Franklin Raines: ‘We manage our political risk with the same intensity that we m

Mortgage Madness

Blame for the 2008 financial collapse is, and should be, widespread.

BY JAY COST

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Ferguson Jenkins

A Fable for Moderns

The Cubs will win the World Series. And the Fed will raise interest rates.

BY JOE QUEENAN

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Shelley Memorial, University College, Oxford

Isn’t It Romantic

The late Peter Gay underestimates the movement.

BY JAMES SEATON

June 1, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 36

Cosimo I de’ Medici by Agnolo Bronzino (ca. 1545)

Unsweetness and Light

Backstage at the Renaissance was a dangerous place to be.

BY LAWRENCE KLEPP

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Smiling for the camera: Churchill, Truman, Stalin

Best-Laid Plans

Meeting at Potsdam but thinking of Versailles.

BY JAMES M. BANNER JR.

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Robert Aickman

Strange Interludes

A second introduction to a master of the mysterious.

BY CATHY YOUNG

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Saul Bellow (1962)

On His Way

The irresistible rise of Saul Bellow.

BY WILLIAM H. PRITCHARD

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Mad Max

Max Redux

The first postapocalyptic vision remains the best.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

May 25, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 35

Site of the Catholic University in Dublin

Lessons Learned

Newman the educator, in theory and practice.

BY EDWARD SHORT

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Schumann

Out of the Shadows

The otherworldly sounds of Schumann’s violin concerto.

BY COLIN FLEMING

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Words and pictures for your parents’ Constitution.

America’s Blueprint

Words and pictures for your parents’ Constitution.

BY TARA HELFMAN

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Marvel people

Comic Opera

When the superheroes join forces, it’s time to head for the hills.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

John hunting with hounds (14th century)

King John’s Verdict

The good, the bad, and Magna Carta.

BY ANN MARLOWE

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald (ca. 1960)

I Got It Bad

Setting that certain feeling to music.

BY JOSEPH BOTTUM

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

Library of Congress

Rough First Draft

On the trail of Tobias Wolff’s debut novel.

BY GRAHAM HILLARD

May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34

View of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar

To Everest and Back

Short of the summit but beyond expectations.

BY DAVID GUASPARI

May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33

Albert Einstein in Berlin (1929)

Einstein in Theory

The scientist as public intellectual.

BY GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB

May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33

Ronit Elkabetz

Immovable Force

The camera as chronicler of marital deadlock.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33

Sen. Arthur Vandenberg (1939)

The Bellwether

Arthur Vandenberg and the end of GOP isolationism.

BY ALONZO L. HAMBY

May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33

Martin Walser

Survivor’s Soul

A memoir of Martin Walser’s coming-of-age.

BY SUSANNE KLINGENSTEIN

May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33

Apple

Thought for Food

The quality of the (literary) fare at organic restaurants.

BY JOE QUEENAN

May 4, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 32

Pension Building, Washington (1936)

Pointier Heads

Efficiency shrinks while government grows.

BY KEVIN R. KOSAR

May 4, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 32

Virgin Mary and apostles (6th century), Monastery of Saint Apollo, Bawit

Copts and Robbers

Can these remnants of Christianity be preserved?

BY RICHARD TADA

May 4, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 32

Eugene O’Neill and his third wife, Carlotta Monterey O’Neill (1933)

Long Night’s Journey

The biographical drama of Eugene O’Neill.

BY JOHN SIMON

May 4, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 32

Dmitri Shostakovich in Leningrad (1941)

A Seventh Note

The score for destruction by Hitler and Stalin.

BY ALGIS VALIUNAS

May 4, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 32

Miller Huggins, Col. Jacob Ruppert (ca. 1928)

The Yankee Traders

An unlikely duo spawns a baseball dynasty.

BY EDWARD ACHORN

May 4, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 32

Carl von Clausewitz

War. What Is It Good For?

The man who answered the question.

BY ANDRE VAN LOON

April 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 31

Arthur Conan Doyle (1925)

Not So Elementary

The story within the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

BY ANTHONY PALETTA

April 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 31

Samuel Johnson

Great Awakening

What you see is what you get, philosophically speaking.

BY FRANK FREEMAN

April 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 31

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