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Original Sins Reviews Original Sins John Judis book about Truman's Middle East policy isn't a rant, but it's not exactly history either.
The Good, The Bad, and The Unending The Arts The Good, The Bad, and The Unending Have (more or less) real historians ever been as central to a Hollywood blockbuster as they are to George Clooney’s The Monuments Men? Our reviewer, Gavriel D. Rosenfeld has something to say about the history. Also Cate Blanchett.
At Professor Bachlam’s Lost & Found At Professor Bachlam’sLocked A lost chapter from Agnon's final, classic novel Shira, translated here for the first time by Jeffrey Saks.

The Last Word

"Yoni was better at computer science than he was at diplomacy but his patriotism was unalloyed. Not long after this bull session, he turned down a hefty offer from MIT in order to return to Israel, because he was afraid that if he didn’t go back right away he might never return."

From "Jokes and Justice" by Allan Arkush | Spring 2014

Menachem Begin Missing Menachem

In the Israeli elections of May 1977, Menachem Begin became the first person outside of the Labor movement to lead his party to victory. When the elections results were made public, Yitzhak Ben-Aharon spoke for the political establishment when he declared on television that, “If this is the will of the people, we have to replace the people.” Many in Israel perceived Begin, the longtime chairman of the Likud party, less as a political adversary than as a demon.

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