Chronicles Magazine REVIEWS

Europe and America

Studies have established that identical twins separated at birth exhibit very similar physical, psychological, and biochemical traits, regardless of the environment in which they grow up.

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    Sailing to Urbino

    William Butler Yeats was not talking about literally sailing to a literal Byzantium in his famous poem, and I know that Urbino is a mountain fastness, not a port. Even so, sailing to Urbino is necessary, and it does not matter how you do it—only...

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    Smear Campaign

    On April 14, 1996, the Washington Post published a 2,700-word article by liberal journalist Nicholas von Hoffman entitled “Was McCarthy Right about the Left? The Reds Were Under the Bed While the Liberals Looked Away.”

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    Elephant Amok

    This book joins dozens of others that have been written over the past two years with the goal of subjecting President George W. Bush’s foreign policy to critical scrutiny.

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    Deep as Dante

    Brenda Wineapple’s new biography of the most brilliant flower of the New England Renaissance reminded me that it was time to reread Hawthorne. She delineated the man very well, got his politics almost right, but barely did justice to his work.

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  • IN THE DARK

    The Crux of the Matter

    In an otherwise fresh and moving portrayal of Jesus’ Passion, Mel Gibson has spent an inordinate amount of time on its physical violence. The most glaring instance must be the excruciatingly slow 15 minutes spent on showing us Roman soldiers...

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