Magazine November 3, 2014, Issue

Greatness in Miniature

Eisenhower: A Life, by Paul Johnson (Viking, 144 pp., $25.95)

Paul Johnson’s new book covers Ike in less than 150 pages; it’s that rare thing, a fine biography that can be read in a single sitting.

None of the many books on Ike introduce him to the reader with such admirable brevity: One recent biography weighs in at nearly 1,000 pages. Most of the writers inspect every nook and cranny of his life in exhausting detail, but, unlike Johnson, they often miss the essence of who he was. British journalist Jeremy Clarkson’s quip, originally about lawyers, applies here as well: “[They] are also annoying, never using one word when several thousand

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Politics & Policy

A Senate to Come

Don’t expect the results of the Senate elections to change the policies of the federal government very much over the next two years. Overthrowing Harry Reid isn’t going to yield ...
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Two Iraq Choices

Just as George W. Bush’s foreign-policy legacy will be defined by his decision to invade Iraq in 2003, Barack Obama’s is rapidly being defined by his decision to abandon Iraq ...
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The Joys of Vaping

Second chances at happiness do not come along every day. But for this former cigarette slave, who once enjoyed every single moment of breathing in a cool, mentholated hit of ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

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Mythmaker

America needs a good history of the Republican party; unfortunately, this isn’t it. A good history would, for example, look to explain the amazing reemergence of the GOP from World War ...
Politics & Policy

Odd Lot

The pattern with David Fincher has been that only his even-numbered films are truly great. The odd-numbered ones are usually worth seeing, always technically proficient, but ultimately a little messier, ...

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Letters

Heroic Drudgery Regarding the otherwise excellent article by Charles C. W. Cooke in the September 8 issue (“A Gruesome Drudgery”), I must take exception in one matter. Cooke asserts that in ...
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The Week

‐ The Secret Service let a crazy man be alone with President Obama for an hour. Luckily Tom Friedman isn’t due for another interview for a while. ‐ Leon Panetta’s memoir, ...
Athwart

Keep Calm and Conspire On

‘UFO Refuels in Jet Chemtrail over Amsterdam,” said the headline on the website. Given the location, you could translate that as “Pothead Sees Things in the Sky, and, Whoa, Man,” ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

A REVERIE Some days in August there’s a summer hum Of distant outboard motors, or a plane Relentlessly pursuing a puffed cloud, Echoes of past revelers, and then some More silent moments, full of what’s ...

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