Bookworm: Gangsters, kidnappers, a pencil-maker, a Shakespearean actor, a toothpaste magnate, and other 20th-century ghosts in Daniel Wakin’s surprising new account of a section of Riverside Drive
Fifty years after the release of the film that changed the world, two new books look back at its transcendent genius creator
Bookworm: A new first translation of the French writer’s wartime epic
Bookworm: 35 years after the author’s death this month, his timeless classic ‘Darkness at Noon’ still reverberates from inside its tiny prison cell
Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb brought cruel death in the Lodz ghetto to life
How Eichmann in Jerusalem led the thinkers into a principled disagreement over Zionism and universalism that ultimately broke their quarter-century bond
Bookworm: Paul Goldberg’s detective novel is hot on the trail of… the detective novel
Yuri Slezkine’s Brilliant New ‘The House of Government’ Tells the Story of a Religion That Pretended to Be a Political Theory
Early Soviet elites living—and dying—in thrall to a totalitarian ideal
The French poet saw the coming collapse of civilization. A hundred years later, his ‘The Young Fate’ rings true anew.
Bookworm: So what if the festival of lights has some magic?
An amputated leg, a bitten-off penis, a 600-pound wrestler, and the great tonsil riot, among other examples of humanity’s glorious ineptitude, in ‘Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange But True Stories from the Yiddish Press’
Seventy-nine years after Kristallnacht, ‘A Deadly Legacy,’ a new history of German Jewish soldiers during World War I, traces the origins of the European scapegoating that would engulf the continent some years later