Chronicles Magazine August 2016

  • The Rockford Files

    Islam, Period

    In the wake of Omar Mateen’s massacre of 49 people and wounding of 53 others at Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse in early June, America’s best-known tweeting politician demanded that President Barack Obama call a spade a spade, and a terrorist act...

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  • Heresies

    We’re All Extremists Now

    The timing of Omar Mateen’s shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub was rotten for the Obama administration, because Secretary of State John Kerry had just published his carefully worded Joint Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), in...

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  • Breaking Glass

    Survivors and Liars

    Lauren Stratford might be called the woman who never was, or rather the woman whose existence we dare not admit. Even the soberest retelling of her fantastic story makes nonsense of so many contemporary assumptions and pieties.

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  • Society & Culture

    Beyond Populism

    Donald Trump’s political success dramatizes the nature of today’s politics. On one side we have denationalized ruling elites with absolute faith in their own outlook and very little concern for Americans as Americans.

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  • The Music Column

    Get in Deep

    Although music doesn’t have an obvious link with golf, I say it does, so that I can contradict myself immediately. The late Sam Snead was and still is well known for his beautiful swing, which he related explicitly to waltz-time, and more than...

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  • REVIEWS

    Openings and Closings

    Raphael Israeli examines one of the most difficult political problems of our time: The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He approaches the subject by presenting and analyzing research on the conflict by earlier Israeli...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Romantic Tory

    David Cesarani’s new biography of Disraeli does not surpass Blake’s book. It focuses on the Jewish aspect of Benjamin Disraeli as part of the Jewish Lives series at Yale University Press.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Tunnel of Love

    As both a fellow conservative and a fellow fan of Bruce Springsteen, I read with interest Scott P. Richert’s June column, “The Ties That Bind”, which is at once a loving tribute and a sad goodbye to “The Boss”

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Like a Snowball

    Merle Haggard: truancy, auto theft, robbery, drug problems, prison in San Quentin, five-times married—all of this, according to your three writers in the June issue. Talented musician? Yes.

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