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Mussolini’s Jewess

Margherita Grassini Sarfatti claimed she was to blame for fascism. It’s not so; not that she didn’t try.

The Brilliant Rage of Alexander Herzen

Russia’s tumultuous and mostly regrettable post-Cold War history is paralleled in some ways by an earlier time, one that provided the setting for the incomparable émigré journalist Alexander Herzen.

Retroview: A Shy Little Bird

Heda Margolius Kov├íly’s Under a Cruel Star is a masterpiece of memoir still awaiting its due

The Essential Italian

Il Divo captures Giulio Andreotti the tarnished icon, but not the man.

We Are What We Speak

Steven Pinker claims too much for neurolinguistics.

The Stranger in Crawford

The literati scoffed at Albert Camus’ place on President Bush’s summer reading list. They misunderestimated them both.

America's Critic

Edmund Wilson was a man of immense erudition, and many quirks. Few biographers can hope to do him justice; his most recent one hasn't.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

The European Immigration Crisis

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Miracles Can Happen

It’s probably not a model for the country (as some analysts would have it), but it shows that compromise is possible when all parties involved are committed to finding a practical solution.

Putin on a show?

Russia’s advantage in Syria is a matter of political will, not technical capability.

Higher Education Watch

Colleges make resident assistants “mandatory reporters” for potential Title IX violations.

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