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December 2007

Steven Malanga
The Blue-Collar Bard in Winter | Richard Russo’s new novel explores familiar terrain, but with a more wistful tone.
December 21, 2007

Paul Beston
Obama’s Gordian Knot | The candidate’s politics are entangled in racial contradiction, says Shelby Steele.
December 14, 2007

November 2007

Michael Knox Beran
Appetite for Destruction | Peter Gay’s history of modernism
November 30, 2007

Phyllis Chesler
Beauty in a Cursed Land | Rosanne Klass’s reissued memoir describes Afghanistan in a more innocent time.
November 21, 2007

Edward Short
Sloan Ranger | A new exhibit captures the achievement of American painter John Sloan.
November 16, 2007

John H. McWhorter
Hip-Hop Graduates from Thuggery | Kanye West and other “conscious rappers” lead the music in a new direction.
November 9, 2007

Stefan Kanfer
Working for Peanuts | For Charles M. Schulz, art imitated life.
November 2, 2007

October 2007

Kay S. Hymowitz
Psychoanalyzing the Victim | September 11 spawned neurotic American chauvinism, claims Susan Faludi.
October 26, 2007

Fred Siegel
Anti- and Anti-Anti-Islamists | The West and the challenge of Islamic fanaticism
October 19, 2007

Jacob Laksin
Dissenter Inside the Tower | Yale professor Anthony Kronman laments the politicization of the humanities.
October 12, 2007

Mark Riebling
Litany of Blunders | Tim Weiner’s CIA history lifts the cover on a half century of intrigue.
October 5, 2007

September 2007

Harry Stein
Take No Prisoners | For Bob Shrum, politics is war, and anything goes.
September 28, 2007

James Kirchick
Bay State Blues | What’s the matter with Massachusetts?
September 26, 2007

Harry Stein
The Kingdom Gets the War on Terror Right | Peter Berg’s new film dares to portray Americans as the good guys.
September 21, 2007

Steven Malanga
Life Lessons at Meerkat Manor | The Animal Planet series has something to say to humans, too.
September 14, 2007

Sol Stern
Old-School Idealist | Albert Shanker nobly led a teachers’ union that eventually became part of the problem.
September 7, 2007

August 2007

Steven Malanga
He Held Good Taste to Be Self-Evident | Thomas Jefferson was America’s first great wine expert.
August 31, 2007

Guy Sorman
The Market Revolution | A new history provides an encyclopedic overview of the Chicago School of Economics.
August 24, 2007

Bruce S. Thornton
Golden Threads | Former Muslim Ibn Warraq stands up for the West.
August 17, 2007

Fred Siegel
The Againstocrats | An inside look at the unideological ideologues of today’s Left
August 10, 2007

Harry Stein
Gore Imbalanced | The former vice president’s new book is itself an assault on reason.
August 3, 2007

July 2007

Benjamin A. Plotinsky
Do We Do As the Romans Did? | Yes and no, of course.
July 24, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Thanks for the Immunity | Maurice Hilleman was one of the twentieth century’s unsung heroes.
July 20, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Animating Ourselves | Lifted, a delightful contribution to our cartoon canon
July 16, 2007

Paul Howard
Paint-By-Numbers Medicine | Jerome Groopman’s sobering portrait of doctors and diagnoses
July 9, 2007

Daniel J. Mahoney
Living in Truth | A wise, quirky memoir from Václav Havel
July 6, 2007

June 2007

David Gratzer
Simplisticko | Michael Moore’s new documentary is an uninformed caricature.
June 29, 2007

John H. McWhorter
All Over the Field | Dave Zirin’s new “sports” book tells us more about the author than anything else.
June 28, 2007

Paul Hollander
Iron Curtain Lady | For Christa Wolf, the socialist dream still flickers.
June 25, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Breaking Away | An ex-Islamist tells his story.
June 19, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Shop ’Til You Drop | Benjamin Barber, consumed by his own book
June 18, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Cheers—and Loathing—at the Metropolitan Opera | Which will win out: glorious triumphs or trendy travesties?
June 14, 2007

Fred Siegel
A Rising Tide Heals All Rifts? | For Brink Lindsey, affluence is a uniter, not a divider.
June 8, 2007

Gerry Garibaldi
Boys Will Be Boys | A new guidebook reaffirms boyhood in all of its politically incorrect glory.
June 1, 2007

May 2007

Glenn Reynolds
Open Source Warfare | John Robb’s chilling brief on postmodern terrorism
May 23, 2007

Steven Malanga
A Mormon in the White House? | Hugh Hewitt says that Mitt Romney’s the man for the job.
May 11, 2007

April 2007

Paul Beston
Freedom Fighters | Brian Doherty’s comprehensive guide to American libertarianism
April 20, 2007

Fred Siegel
Subtraction by Subtraction | Modernist architecture has failed American cities.
April 13, 2007

Steven Malanga
Unglamorous Mobsters | As a 1988 HBO documentary reveals, the real Sopranos were brutal—and banal.
April 4, 2007

Kay S. Hymowitz
The Brooklyn Museum Strikes Again | Confusing hucksterism and art
April 3, 2007

March 2007

Nicole Gelinas
The Foundations That Wouldn’t Die | What Bill Gates can learn from Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon
March 30, 2007

Douglas Murray
High Infidelity | Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s brave memoir
March 28, 2007

Harry Stein
The Range of Pistol Pete | Pete Maravich’s influence on basketball is still alive today.
March 9, 2007

Victor Davis Hanson
With Your Shield or On It | Zack Snyder’s 300: a spirited take on a clash of civilizations
March 7, 2007

Katherine Ernst
Was Reagan a Liberal? | Yes, according to a new biography.
March 2, 2007

February 2007

John Kekes
Words to Die By | A new series resurrects some of history’s bloodiest manifestos.
February 20, 2007

Steven Malanga
Parenting vs. Poverty | It wasn’t government programs that saved NFL-bound Michael Oher.
February 10, 2007

Benjamin A. Plotinsky
The Fanatical Philosopher | Michel Onfray’s weak case against monotheism
February 1, 2007

January 2007

Stefan Kanfer
Four Stars for 24 | TV’s hottest thriller returns, as politically incorrect as ever.
January 23, 2007

Howard Husock
The Compassion Gap | Conservatives give more to charities than liberals do—by a long shot.
January 18, 2007