Magazine May 9, 2016, Issue

Witnesses

Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century, by Daniel Oppenheimer (Simon & Schuster, 416 pp., $28)

The attempt to better understand the complex and elusive connections between the personal and the political realms in our psyche is a worthwhile endeavor, hard as they might be to unearth and document. For well over half a century, intellectual historians and authors of different political persuasions have been asking: Why have Communist movements and systems attracted so many Western intellectuals, and why, and under what conditions, have many of the same intellectuals become disillusioned with them?

The author of this well-written (and widely and favorably reviewed) volume seeks to explore these interrelated matters, and in doing so makes some large

Paul HollanderMr. Hollander was a professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. His most recent book is From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship.

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The attempt to better understand the complex and elusive connections between the personal and the political realms in our psyche is a worthwhile endeavor.

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The Week

‐ Is there anything insulting we can say about New York? ‐ The New York Post, for decades a conservative opinion leader with a brash, Gotham accent, endorsed Donald Trump for ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

ONE FLOWER One flower stands for beauty, two for hope. More buds begin their version of cross-talk With tangled leaf and strong, supporting stalk. Subject to breeze, they sway but somehow cope. Shadows of butterflies, ...
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Letters

The VOA’s Unfulfilled Promise As a former Voice of America manager responsible for launching the VOA Ukrainian TV program hosted by Myroslava Gongadze, I applaud Jay Nordlinger for his article on ...

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