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The Jewish encounter with history

People of the Word

The Jewish encounter with history

BY PETER LOPATIN

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Reports of the perils of childhood have been greatly exaggerated

Fear Itself

Reports of the perils of childhood have been greatly exaggerated

BY ABBY W. SCHACHTER

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Montpelier, home of James Madison, Orange, Virginia

Quietly Revolutionary

The achievement(s) of James Madison

BY PATRICK ALLITT

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

The spy who came in from the cold, and prospered

Genteel Treachery

The spy who came in from the cold, and prospered

BY HARVEY KLEHR

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Getty

The Son Also Rises

Titles, tangled webs, titillating journalism

BY EDWARD SHORT

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Luca Zingaretti as Inspector Montalbano (2000)

Sicilian Gumshoe

An unlikely setting for police procedurals

BY JON L. BREEN

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Portrait of the boy Mozart  by Giovanni del Re (ca. 1875)

The Real Amadeus

The Mozart of music, and the Mozart of the movies

BY COLIN FLEMING

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

The fascinating/infuriating General MacArthur

Big Mac of the Pacific

The fascinating/infuriating General MacArthur

BY MITCHELL YOCKELSON

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Sea lion on bench, San Cristóbal

Darwin’s Islands

A paradise created by survival of the fittest

BY CHRISTOPH IRMSCHER

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

An epic reclaimed, courtesy of J. R. R. Tolkien

Monster Mash

An epic reclaimed, courtesy of J. R. R. Tolkien

BY GERALD J. RUSSELLO

August 18 - August 25, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Dong Ha (1966)

Lessons Learned?

A second look at General Westmoreland’s strategy

BY MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS

August 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45

The Temptation of Despair Tales of the 1940s by Werner Sollors

Zero Hour

The reconstruction of German society after 1945

BY SUSANNE KLINGENSTEIN

August 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45

Svetlana Zakharova as the Swan Queen

After Many a Summer

Wounded by scandal, the Bolshoi returns to America

BY SOPHIE FLACK

August 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45

Reading Room at the Folger Shakespeare Library, ca. 1940

Shakespeare’s Other Home

The making of a Washington monument

BY CHARLES TRUEHEART

August 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45

Lucy

Ladies Leading

Women rule Hollywood, and men are box-office poison

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

August 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45

Dylan Thomas (1946)

The Anti-Eliot

A centenary appraisal of Dylan Thomas

BY BEVIS HILLIER

August 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44

J. Edgar Hoover (1940)

Hoover at War

How the G-man beat the Germans at their own game

BY DAVID AIKMAN

August 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44

Families and Faith How Religion Is Passed Down Across Generations

The God Gene

The family that prays together .  .  . well, you know the rest

BY WILLIAM MCKENZIE

August 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44

Snowpiercer Directed by Bong Joon-ho

All Aboard

Snow, dystopia, trains, inequality. What’s not to like?

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

August 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44

'King Perseus before Aemilius Paullus' by Jean-Francois-Pierre Peyron (1802)

Promises to Keep

How the Romans (successfully) supplanted the Greeks

BY J.E. LENDON

August 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44

‘Thanks to dear Stalin for a happy childhood!’ (1936)

Childhood’s End

A story of guilt and innocence in Stalin’s kingdom

BY ANDREW NAGORSKI

August 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44

Canal park and lighthouse (2005)

Northwest Passage

A vision of the world in the grain of Duluth

BY ROBERT WHITCOMB

July 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43

F. H. Buckley

Kingdom Come

The irresistible rise of the imperial presidency

BY JAMES W. CEASER

July 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43

Madonna (1983)

Strike a Pose

The unbearable lightness of being cool

BY RYAN COLE

July 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43

Lincoln Dreamt He Died The Midnight Visions of Remarkable Americans from Colonia

Perchance to Dream

Night visions of Americans, and what to make of them

BY JUDY BACHRACH

July 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43

Caesar: 'Ape Home.'

Monkey Business

The ‘Apes’ franchise goes unintentionally comical

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

July 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43

William Dampier

Down to the Seas

In pursuit of land, knowledge, and adventure

BY JOSHUA GELERNTER

July 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43

Beaver at work

Natural Design

The birds and the bees and the engineering instinct

BY TEMMA EHRENFELD

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

AMC theater, La Jolla, California

The Comfort Zone

Latest trends in the modern moviegoing experience

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Lenin

Red Dawn

The best-laid plans of Lenin and Trotsky are thwarted

BY J. P. O’MALLEY

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

David Niven and Shirley MacLaine in ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ (1956)

Fantastic Voyage

The literary (?) career of Jules Verne

BY ALGIS VALIUNAS

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Emma Lazarus

Lazarus Rising

One poem, one statue, and a cast of characters from Gilded Age America

BY DIANE SCHARPER

July 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42