Books

The men who made the miracles

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Review “Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel” by Matti Friedman. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books, 2019. 219 pages. $26.95. I’ve always...

Gordis maps the rift between U.S. Jews and Israel

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Review We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel by Daniel Gordis. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. 252 pages $26.99. The once rock-solid relationship...

In new book, Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz goes on a Jewish journey

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Sponsored By Alix Wall When Sarah Hurwitz was working as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and later as head speechwriter for Michelle Obama, she...

‘Last Train to London’ tells an important story, but its plotlines are convoluted

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Review “The Last Train to London” by Meg Waite Clayton. New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. 464 pages. $27.99. “The Last Train to London” tells...

How Ben-Gurion founded Israel

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From the time he was a young man living in Turkish-controlled Palestine, David Ben-Gurion believed that Arab hostility to a Jewish state was implacable,...

Jodi Kantor on what’s changed since her Weinstein story unleashed #MeToo

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By Emily Burack NEW YORK — When New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein story on Oct, 5, 2017,...

Cartoonist Bob Mankoff knows from funny

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If you like to laugh, you’d love interviewing Bob Mankoff. Sure the cartoonist gave well-thought-out answers to serious questions, but then, without even coming...

A novel of teen angst and intrigue for the nostalgic at heart

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Review “Floating in the Neversink: A Novel-in- Stories” by Andrea Simon. Castroville, Texas: Black Rose Writing, 2019. 176 pages. $17.95. Seniors, next time someone asks your...

From two Middle East hands, concrete steps that no leader has the courage to...

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Review “Be Strong and Of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny” by Dennis Ross and David Makovsky. New York: Public Affairs,...

An inside look at Israel’s ‘deniable’ airstrike on a Syrian reactor

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Review “Shadow Strike; Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power” by Yaakov Katz. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2019. 287 pages. $28.99. You’re that...