Magazine December 31, 2014, Issue

Hope for America

Bob Hope entertains troops during World War II. (David E. Scherman/The Life Picture Collection/Getty)
Hope: Entertainer of the Century, by Richard Zoglin (Simon & Schuster, 576 pp., $30)

There is no small irony in the fact that the song “Thanks for the Memory” is so closely linked to the remarkable career of Bob Hope. That is what the comedian, star of movies and television, and Oscar host has become: a memory, and a distant one at that.

In his useful and informative book The Bob Hope Films, James L. Neibaur reflects that, at one time, conventional wisdom held that Hope (1903–2003) would prove as enduring in the popular imagination as Elvis Presley or Charlie Chaplin. “However,” Neibaur admits, “there are indeed young people during the 21st century who may

Peter Tonguette — Mr. Tonguette writes about the arts for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, The American Conservative, and other publications.

In This Issue



Politics & Policy

To Carry the Fire

What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.       – “Little Gidding,” Four Quartets, T. S. ...
Politics & Policy


Usually one makes the case for a policy before enacting it. Not so with the Left’s new push to promote long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Getting to Brussels

Since the emergence 25 years ago of his groundbreaking essay “The End of History,” Francis Fukuyama has become one of America’s foremost public intellectuals. Political Order and Political Decay is ...
Politics & Policy

Roots of a Tyrant

One brief paragraph terrorized Joseph Stalin. It was the postscript to the document known as Lenin’s Testament. That document has never been authenticated, yet it weighed on Stalin because, even ...


Politics & Policy


Fellow Heroes I read with great pleasure your piece in “The Week” (December 8) regarding the long-overdue awarding of the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing. However, I feel called ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Think about it from Jeb’s perspective: Would you want to be the only Bush who doesn’t get to be president? ‐ An armed Islamic radical took hostages in a café ...


Showman scientist and charismatic universe-explainer Neil deGrasse Tyson had some tweets the other day on the subject “When I was your age.” They were lessons about technological progress, aimed at ...
Politics & Policy


PURSUIT She was a child possessed with fears Whose dreams revealed another place Where shadowed shapes that lived in mirrors Pursued her at a furious pace. She ran all night and every night And finally slept ...


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