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November 2015

Jonathan Leaf
An Apostate’s Tale | The latest installment of David Horowitz’s expose of the American Left focuses on the culture wars.
November 19, 2015

Stefan Kanfer
No One Could Touch Him | A massive biography follows the phases of Frank Sinatra, an alternately appealing and appalling meistersinger of popular songs.
November 13, 2015

Fred Siegel
The German Century | Many of the ideas that inspired World War II live on in postmodernist thought.
November 6, 2015

October 2015

Melanie Kirkpatrick
Reading Trollope | In his bicentennial year, the long-overshadowed novelist finally gets his due.
October 30, 2015

Aaron M. Renn
Eve of Destruction | A snapshot of Detroit circa 1963
October 23, 2015

Andrew Buttaro
Messing With Texas | A compelling history of right-wing movements in 1960s Dallas paints with too broad a brush.
October 16, 2015

Harry Stein
Festival of Gloom | Joyless films and liberal politics in the Hamptons
October 9, 2015

Stefan Kanfer
The End of the Line | Al Hirschfeld left thousands of artistic works, but no artistic heirs.
October 4, 2015

Stephen Schmalhofer
When Evil Breeds | Jay Nordlinger’s new book takes a hard look at dictators and their offspring.
October 2, 2015

September 2015

James Panero
When Political Punditry Was Born | The Buckley-Vidal debates changed television . . . for the worse.
September 25, 2015

Jack Dunphy
Policeman of the World | Ray Kelly defends his record as New York’s longest-serving top cop.
September 18, 2015

David Marcus
A Community’s Theater | A performance center at Ground Zero should cater to the needs of local artists.
September 11, 2015

Stephen Schmalhofer
Consumed By the Game | For the obsessive and driven Nick Saban, every day is Fourth and Inches.
September 4, 2015

August 2015

Justin Torres
Seized | A definitive legal analysis of the notorious Kelo case
August 28, 2015

Roger Kimball
Crazy Like a Visionary | Elon Musk’s remarkable career reminds us that individuals matter.
August 23, 2015

Laura Vanderkam
How to Make Time Slow Down | Open your mind and take some risks.
August 14, 2015

Scott W. Johnson
An Updated Racial Hustle | Thoughts on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book
August 2, 2015

July 2015

Sol Stern, Fred Siegel
Undercover Jew | A brilliant satirist unmasks the Palestinian human-rights industry.
July 10, 2015

June 2015

Daniel J. Mahoney
Prague’s Philosopher-King | A new biography chronicles the remarkable life and thought of Vaclav Havel.
June 26, 2015

Stefan Kanfer
A Semblance of Order | Some rare truths about a controversial Civil War figure
June 23, 2015

Paul Beston
Timeless Terror | Steven Spielberg’s Jaws turns 40.
June 19, 2015

Adam Freedman
Against Judicial Activism | Defending the Constitution from those who would rewrite it
June 16, 2015

Anthony Paletta
Antisuburbanist | A new book takes dull aim at the “anti-urbanism” of the political right.
June 12, 2015

May 2015

Judah Bellin
Tomorrow’s College and Today’s | True reform of higher education is still a long way off.
May 29, 2015

John O. McGinnis
Staging Scalia | The Originalist misses the point of originalism.
May 24, 2015

Clark Whelton
Don Draper’s Last Betrayal | The final episode of AMC’s Mad Men left viewers wondering if they’d been had.
May 22, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
The Kickback Kids | Peter Schweizer’s new book documents the Clintons’ disturbing financial dealings.
May 17, 2015

Stefan Kanfer
Letterman’s Farewell | The unlikely late-night king kept America laughing for 30 years.
May 15, 2015

Jonathan Leaf
Images of Life | William Meyers’s remarkable photographic tribute to New York’s outer boroughs
May 8, 2015

Laura Vanderkam
Brilliant and Tormented | A new novel gets inside the mind of Virginia Woolf.
May 1, 2015

April 2015

Katherine Ernst
The Heretic We Need | Once again, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s pen is mightier than any barbarian’s sword.
April 27, 2015

Mary Grabar
“Teachers Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know” | Sandra Stotsky’s primer for improving American educational standards
April 23, 2015

Edward Feser
Freedom From Choice? | Too often, bad philosophy masquerades as good science.
April 21, 2015

Jerry Weinberger
Everyone’s an Esoteric | From classical times until the nineteenth century, almost all philosophers wrote between the lines.
April 17, 2015

Myron Magnet
The Dead Constitution | Philip Hamburger’s indictment of the regulatory state is profound and sobering.
April 10, 2015

Fred Siegel
Moynihan’s Mistake and the Left’s Shame | The late senator stood at the fault line between two very different versions of liberalism.
April 3, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
Self-Inflicted Punishments | Skylight, opening on Broadway, is a modern morality tale.
April 1, 2015

March 2015

Kay S. Hymowitz
Robert Putnam’s Mission | The Bowling Alone author’s prescriptions for closing the opportunity gap have been tried—and found wanting.
March 27, 2015

James Panero
A Helluva Show | A new production of On the Town captures the spirit of New York City.
March 25, 2015

Mark Pulliam
Lawyers in the Rain Forest | How a dubious judgment against Chevron exposed the abuses of the plaintiffs’ bar
March 19, 2015

Laura Vanderkam
Beanie Baby Mania | A highly readable business book about a highly unusual bubble
March 13, 2015

Ryan L. Cole
Prodigal Soldier | A new book explores how Robert E. Lee squandered his connection to America’s most revered figure.
March 6, 2015

February 2015

Stefan Kanfer
Dalton Got His Gun | The lodestar of the Hollywood blacklist was all that his fans said he was—and less.
February 27, 2015

Jerry Weinberger
The Earth Is Not a God | The false theology of radical environmentalists
February 23, 2015

Stephen Schmalhofer
Relocating Ourselves | An essay collection explores the connection between rootedness and civic well-being.
February 13, 2015

Charles Upton Sahm
Hip-Hop Hamilton | The hottest ticket in New York is a musical about our coolest Founding Father.
February 13, 2015

January 2015

Roger L. Simon
What American Sniper’s Success Tells Us | We’re hungry for pro-America movies.
January 30, 2015

Michael J. Totten
The Truth About American Sniper | Chris Kyle wasn’t a savage; he killed savages.
January 30, 2015

Franklin Einspruch
When Artists Fear their Audience | On campus, students now stand up for censorship.
January 23, 2015

Benjamin A. Plotinsky
Touch Point to the Fantastic | Joss Whedon and his lonely superheroes
January 16, 2015

Ryan L. Cole
The Admiral of the Atom | A new PBS documentary gives naval pioneer Hyman Rickover the credit he never got in life.
January 2, 2015