Magazine September 21, 2015, Issue

Stalin’s Daughter, Her Own Woman

The life and meaning of a remarkable, arguably great lady

Svetlana Stalin merits a little space in this magazine. First, she was an important and fascinating figure of the 20th century. But second, she declared National Review her favorite publication — and gave to us financially. What would her father, Josef Stalin, have said? But that was the least of her offenses, from a Stalinist point of view.

I got to know Svetlana a bit, not in the flesh, but in preparing a new book, Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators. She is the most famous of all such sons and daughters, unless you count

In This Issue


Politics & Policy

The Naked City

Over the past few months, Times Square, one of America’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, a magnet for tourists from around the country and around the world, has changed in a less-than-wholesome ...


Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Resistance Then and Now

German opposition to Hitler, though it never enjoyed mass support, drew on three main sources: the Communists and Social Democrats, the army, and the churches. Each of them had occasional ...
Politics & Policy

The Human Factor

Ron Bailey is a libertarian and an environmentalist. This may seem like a contradiction, and it is, with consequences that inflict serious damage on his latest book. This is a ...
Politics & Policy

Original Gangstas

Straight Outta Compton, a group biopic about the birth of gangsta rap, is excellent evidence that “group” and “biopic” are potentially mutually exclusive terms. The movie wants to tell the ...
Country Life


Chinese first came in large numbers to this country after the Gold Rush. They became so numerous on the West Coast that they figured in Democratic campaign literature. One post–15th ...


Politics & Policy


Babies Are Not Livestock Mary Eberstadt has used the occasion of the horrific Planned Parenthood videos to talk about animal rights, making the case to pro-abortion and pro-animal-rights National Review readers ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The latest e-mails confirm our worst suspicions: She really did want to hear from Sidney Blumenthal. ‐ Ayoub El-Khazzani, a Moroccan-born terrorist, armed with a knife, a Luger, and an ...

Czolgosz’s Revenge

As you’ve heard, President Obama has gazed upon a mountain high, lifted his chin, and renamed it. Out: McKinley. In: Denali. If you’re not knicker-twisted about this, let me help. Denali, ...
Politics & Policy


TO THE ESTRANGED Sometimes a person may be tempted to accept neglect from those who seem to qualify as great, assuming ignorance and cold to be his fate; resigned to anonymity, dejected, swept away by ...


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