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December 2011

Ryan L. Cole
Walmart’s Ancestor | A new book chronicles the rise and fall of A&P.
December 16, 2011

Michael J. Totten
The Longest War | A powerful, agenda-free documentary on the struggle for Afghanistan
December 9, 2011

James Panero
Art and Urban Density | Loren Munk’s work celebrates New York’s ever-changing art scene.
December 2, 2011

November 2011

Nicole Gelinas
The Bubble President | Bill Clinton seems oblivious to his own role in the financial crisis.
November 13, 2011

Theodore Dalrymple
Here and After | Political warrior David Horowitz reflects on life and death.
November 4, 2011

Sohrab Ahmari
The Civics Crisis | Both reformers and the educational establishment should focus on what makes America great.
November 4, 2011

October 2011

Nicole Gelinas
Greed Is Not Good | A new film takes the measure of post-millennial Wall Street.
October 28, 2011

Guy Sorman
The Engine of Capitalism | It might just be delusional optimism, says Daniel Kahneman.
October 28, 2011

Heather Mac Donald
Traditional Opera and Its Enemies | The Met’s stirring new Don Giovanni earns the scorn of trendy critics.
October 27, 2011

Michael Knox Beran
Lionel Trilling in His Labyrinth | Adam Kirsch illuminates the critic’s romance with the book.
October 21, 2011

Sol Stern
Who’s a Zionist? | Those who support policies that endanger Israel, suggests Jeremy Ben-Ami.
October 14, 2011

Ryan L. Cole
The Revisionists’ Red Glare | PBS misses a chance to improve our understanding of the War of 1812.
October 7, 2011

September 2011

Stefan Kanfer
The Nursery: No Longer Immune | Vulgarity finally reaches children’s books, but Maurice Sendak saves the day.
September 30, 2011

Ryan L. Cole
Yankees Abroad | John Sayles’s surprisingly evenhanded new film on the Philippine-American War
September 23, 2011

Fred Siegel
Dreamers Refusing to Wake | Michael Kazin’s pleas for a new popular front
September 9, 2011

John H. McWhorter
Marrying Out | Black women will have to become more open to nonblack partners, Ralph Banks argues.
September 2, 2011

August 2011

Heather Mac Donald
Is This Great Opera That I See Before Me? | A brilliant staging of Macbeth in Salzburg
August 30, 2011

Heather Mac Donald
Regietheater Takes Another Scalp | In Salzburg, Mozart’s beautiful Nozze di Figaro is no match for a postmodernist director.
August 24, 2011

Michael J. Totten
The Id of Mesopotamia | A new film captures Uday Hussein and the regime he served in all their horror.
August 19, 2011

Heather Mac Donald
Musical Miscellany in Salzburg | A festive program of lovingly performed masterpieces
August 12, 2011

Gerald J. Russello
Debating the Constitution | Two thoughtful arguments for and against originalism
August 5, 2011

July 2011

Brian Patrick Eha
Reading Beats Tweeting | Deep immersion in books, Alan Jacobs argues, is more vital than ever.
July 29, 2011

Anthony Paletta
The Gentrified City | Suleiman Osman chronicles the history of Brooklyn’s revival.
July 8, 2011

Heather Mac Donald
Reentering Opera’s Lost World | The Boston Early Music Festival’s Niobe production captures the nobility of Baroque music
July 1, 2011

June 2011

Jerry Weinberger
Eat the Documentary | HBO’s profile of star chef Paul Liebrandt is a must-see for foodies.
June 17, 2011

Marcus A. Winters
Immune to Reform | Teachers’ unions will never willingly give up their power, says Terry Moe.
June 10, 2011

Stefan Kanfer
Curb Your Dogma | Apostate David Mamet confronts the secular religion of liberalism.
June 8, 2011

Daniel DiSalvo
Politics and Liberty | Political philosopher Pierre Manent rethinks the history of the West.
June 3, 2011

May 2011

Ryan L. Cole
Faces of War | A Library of Congress exhibit reminds us of the lives touched by conflict.
May 27, 2011

Guy Sorman
A Guru for All Seasons | Gandhi’s enduring power and influence
May 20, 2011

Paul Beston
I Wonder as I Wander | Teju Cole’s novel of urban inner journeys
May 13, 2011

Guy Sorman
Good Intentions Versus Good Policies | What’s the best way to help the world’s poor?
May 11, 2011

Sol Stern
An American in the Paris of the Middle East | Michael Totten’s important, prescient reporting from Lebanon
May 6, 2011

April 2011

Laura Vanderkam
Family Business | Ben Ryder Howe’s wistful memoir of running a deli in New York
April 29, 2011

Gerald J. Russello
A History of Fragments | Daniel T. Rodgers documents the intellectual upheavals of the late twentieth century.
April 22, 2011

Heather Mac Donald
Crime in the Museums | America’s first major graffiti show celebrates urban sabotage.
April 17, 2011

Guy Sorman
Freedom and the Global Economy | Economist Dani Rodrik tries to reconcile economic and political liberties.
April 15, 2011

Bruce S. Thornton
Truth over Ideology | Jamie Glazov’s thoughtful interviews explore the Left’s dangerous illusions.
April 8, 2011

Ryan L. Cole
Hamilton’s Monument | An imaginative new documentary reminds us of our debt to the first Treasury secretary.
April 8, 2011

Heather Mac Donald
A Gift to Musical Culture | The Met’s magisterial revival of The Queen of Spades
April 1, 2011

March 2011

Jacob Laksin
The Worst of Times | William McGowan chronicles the long decline of the paper of record.
March 25, 2011

Michael Knox Beran
Exposing the Elites | Promoting a politics of social pity, today’s super-elites revive an old strategy of coercion.
March 24, 2011

Leslie S. Lebl
Warning Sign | Elena Chudinova’s nightmare vision of the Islamization of the West
March 11, 2011

Bruce S. Thornton
Protecting Democracy from Friend and Foe | Daniel Mahoney examines the many distortions of the liberal ideal.
March 4, 2011

February 2011

Victor Davis Hanson
Rumsfeld’s Rebuttal | The demonized defense secretary answers his critics in his new memoir.
February 27, 2011

Ryan L. Cole
The Last Word on Teddy | Edmund Morris’s Roosevelt trilogy is one of the best biographies in modern literature.
February 11, 2011

Nicole Gelinas
Dealing with Failure | Felix Rohatyn and the lessons of Gotham’s seventies bankruptcy crisis for today
February 4, 2011

Heather Mac Donald
Classical Music Meets the Big Screen | The L.A. Philharmonic broadcasts a live concert into movie houses, with promising results.
February 1, 2011

Theodore Dalrymple
The Virus of Hysteria | Paul Offit’s new book chronicles the destructive impact of the anti-vaccination movement.
February 1, 2011

January 2011

Dane Stangler
Philanthropy and Its Enemies | Private giving must be shielded from the intrusions of government.
January 14, 2011

Daniel J. Flynn
Let There Be Laughter | Paul Johnson profiles great humorists and wits.
January 7, 2011