David Mikics is the author, most recently, of Bellow’s People: How Saul Bellow Made Life Into Art. He lives in Brooklyn and Houston, where he is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English at the University of Houston.
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Jews, the Smartest Stupid People on Earth

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’

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The Jews Who Stabbed Germany in the Back

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

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Progressive Anti-Semitism and Putin

In ‘Contemporary Left Antisemitism,’ David Hirsh compellingly traces a newly resurgent form of disinformation to its surprising enablers

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The Sickening Cost of Lenin’s Revolution

Victor Sebestyen’s engaging ‘Lenin’ and Anne Applebaum’s meticulous ‘Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine’ help explain why a century later the central amorality of the unfulfilled Utopian ideal is still with us

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The Unabomber Couldn’t Kill David Gelernter. Now Gelernter Supports Donald Trump.

The iconoclastic Yale computer scientist, writer, painter, and lover of Medieval art has strong ideas about how America should be

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Are Right-Wing American Jewish Settlers Destroying Zionism?

A new history, City on a Hilltop, looks at the huge range of political affiliations that have animated people to occupy land in and around Israel

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Title IX Campus Witch Hunts, According to Laura Kipnis

‘Unwanted Advances’ is a clarion call for accusatory university cultures gone mad

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Was Nazi Germany Made in America?

A new history argues convincingly that institutionalized racism and common-law pragmatism in the United States inspired Hitler’s policies

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Stand-Up Lit From Israeli Fiction’s Mr. Sobriety

David Grossman’s protagonist takes the mic for some Rothian self-loathing, in the ‘raucous’ new novel ‘A Horse Walks Into a Bar’

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Here’s Looking at You, Kid

As the Hollywood studio classic turns 75, a ‘delightful’ new history, ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca,’ tells all about how a bunch of Jewish refugees made a great movie about Jewish refugees escaping the Nazis

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The Secret Language of George Soros

Esther Schor’s lively and tragic new history of Esperanto, Ludwik Leyzer Zamenhof’s universal, pacifist, bridge-building language of humanity, traces why the globalist dream died

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Germany and the Concept of Collective Guilt

Do only psychopaths commit horrible mass crimes, or are we all more responsible than we are willing to admit? Two new histories of the Nazi war machine examine their leaders—and their soldiers.

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Hot Dogs, the Jewish American Fast Food

The rollercoaster history of the wiener in a bun, in new books on the Coney Island institution, Nathan’s Famous

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Saul Bellow’s Favorite Chicago Mayor Wasn’t Richard Daley or Rahm Emanuel. It Was Teddy Kollek.

The Nobel prize-winning author called the Jerusalem mayor a ‘phenomenal personality, schemer, finagler, and arranger’ who ‘towers over most of the political figures I have known.’

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Stalin’s Curse

As Joshua Rubenstein’s new ‘The Last Days of Stalin’ makes clear, an empire that sows fear reaps it

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The Day We Burned Our Neighbors Alive

Polish journalist Anna Bikont faces history in Jedwabne in her masterful new ‘The Crime and the Silence’

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‘Death of a Salesman’ Is American, Not Yiddish

The New Yiddish Rep’s admirable production of the Arthur Miller classic shows how lucky we are the playwright left his Jewish heritage behind

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My Father, the Anti-Semite

Pascal Bruckner, the French writer and New Philosopher, on his new book, his family’s Nazi sympathies, the rise of hatred in Europe, and the crisis of radical Islam

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Saul Bellow Is Having a Very Quiet Birthday

In defense, and praise, of the champion of personality, for whom Jewishness was simply a fact of life, not an ‘identity’

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The Daemon in Mr. Bloom

The great critic’s sparkling new tour of American literature illuminates the sublime life of books

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The Marathon Bombers Were Clear About Their Motives. Why Is Masha Gessen Confused?

In ‘The Brothers,’ her new book about the Boston attacks, the Russian émigré writer empathizes with fellow displaced people

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Why We Keep Reading About the Shoah

A thorough new history of the Nazi concentration camps challenges us to face again our fears and weakness

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Tuvia Tenenbom Is a Weak, Insecure, Blustery Jew

‘Catch the Jew!’ is a shoddy, fantastical answer to Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’

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Wild Thing: Max Blumenthal’s Creepy Anti-Zionist Odyssey

What should anti-Zionists do about the bullying hater in their midst?

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The Nazi Romance With Islam Has Some Lessons for the United States

Two new important histories look at Hitler’s fascination with Islam and Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey

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Adolf Eichmann Is Alive and Well and Living in the Middle East

Philosopher Bettina Stangneth’s brilliant, newly translated study of the origins of evil shows why radicals like ISIS act like Nazis

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A World Without Jews: Hitler’s Dream Still Makes Us Uneasy

Historian Alon Confino traces a source of today’s global anti-Semitism to the ethical revolution triggered by Kristallnacht

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The Nazi Doctor Who Got Away With Mass Murder, Fled to Cairo, and Became a Muslim

‘The Eternal Nazi’ tells the gripping story of the hunt for Aribert Heim, and the German detective who relentlessly pursued him

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Strauss-Kahn Sues Film Producer For Defamation

Welcome to New York depicts disgraced IMF chief as boozy, bloated predator

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The Head of the Jewish Community of Ukraine Speaks Out Against Putin

Soviet dissident and Freedom Prize winner Josef Zissels becomes a Ukrainian Jew

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