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Rosemary Clooney in ‘The Stars Are Singing’ (1953)

Rosie the Riveting

How a great pop singer regained her voice.

BY JOHN CHECK

December 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15

President Obama and friends defending the Affordable Care Act, December 3, 2013

Undoing the Damage

The (legal) case against Obamacare.

BY TERRY EASTLAND

December 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15

‘Mistress and Maid’ by Johannes Vermeer (ca. 1666-67)

Dutch Masters

The greatest of whom is much in evidence here.

BY DANIEL GELERNTER

December 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15

John Lennon, George Harrison, Sir Paul McCartney, and Pete Best

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

The first of three (!) volumes on the Fab Four.

BY EDWARD ACHORN

December 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14

Ronald Reagan campaigning for governor of California (1966)

Stardust Memories

Not so long ago, Hollywood was a two-party town.

BY TEVI TROY

December 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14

‘The Death of General Warren’ by John Trumbull (1786)

In Dubious Battle

Why Bunker Hill was a pyrrhic victory for the British.

BY PATRICK J. WALSH

December 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Man in Chains

Hard to watch, important to see, the reality of slavery.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

December 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14

Balliol College chapel

Agony of Spirit

The revolutionary poet revealed in his letters.

BY EDWARD SHORT

December 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14

‘The Upcoming Schönberg Concert’ (1913)

On the Brink

A world in transition before the Great War.

BY SUSANNE KLINGENSTEIN

December 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 14

Albert Camus

Algerian Dilemma

Reflections from Camus in his centennial year.

BY ROGER KAPLAN

December 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13

Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine

The French Connection

How the Revolution, and two thinkers, bequeathed us ‘right’ and ‘left.’

BY GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB

December 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13

Lucian Freud in his studio (1954)

Freudian Brush

A modern master’s indelible style and disordered life.

BY HENRIK BERING

December 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13

Israeli troops at the Lion’s Gate, Jerusalem (1967)

‘The Israeli Epic’

A story of seven paratroopers in the Six-Day War.

BY ELIOT A. COHEN

December 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13

Bruce Dern, Will Forte

Plains Speaking

The desolation of lives, and landscapes to match.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

December 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13

The Lady Elizabeth, ca. 1546

Henry’s Legacies

One family, two generations, and modern England.

BY J. J. SCARISBRICK

December 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13

Robert Redford

Star in Reserve

Robert Redford and the power of understatement.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

December 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12

Jenny McCarthy at war with vaccination

Doing Harm

The alternatives to medicine can be sickening.

BY TEMMA EHRENFELD

December 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12

Robert Bly

Captain Bly

The skipper of the good ship ‘Bestselling Poetry.’

BY ELI LEHRER

December 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12

Emblematic scene from ‘Jack the Ripper’ (1959)

Ms. Private Eye

Victorian women detectives in life and literature.

BY SARA LODGE

December 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12

‘Saying Grace’ (1951)

‘Post’ Modernist

The overinterpretation of a great American illustrator.

BY PETER TONGUETTE

December 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12

Drawing water in Dertu, Kenya (2010)

The Cost of Big Aid

Sometimes the cure is as bad as the disease.

BY BARTLE B. BULL

December 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12

Landov

Screen Test

How the movies did business with the Third Reich.

BY J. P. O’MALLEY

November 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11

JFK

The Right Stuff

Where was John F. Kennedy on the ideological spectrum?

BY RONALD RADOSH

November 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11

Queenan

Keep It Simple

’Tis the gift, if you follow these suggestions.

BY JOE QUEENAN

November 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11

J. Carter Brown, 1985

Blockbuster Brown

The man who made museums what they are today.

BY AMY HENDERSON

November 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11

Map

How America Grows

Immigration, in stages, has refreshed the nation.

BY ALVIN S. FELZENBERG

November 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11

‘Die Walküre’ in rehearsal at the Bayreuth Festival, 2009

Listen to Wagner

A bicentennial sense of his life and work.

BY PAUL A. CANTOR

November 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11

Washington’s Monument

Washington’s Monument

The roots of presidential war-making power are deep.

BY ILAN WURMAN

November 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10

French troops en route to the front, August 1914

How It All Began

A historian assigns the blame for World War I.

BY HENRIK BERING

November 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10

Dinaw Mengestu

Moral Fiction

Three novelists and the challenge of engagement with the modern world.

BY ELIZABETH POWERS

November 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10

Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen

Strange Meeting

When shell shock caused a creative explosion.

BY JEANNETTE BROWN

November 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10

Kevin Kline

Veterans’ Week

Two backward-looking films to look forward to.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

November 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10