Books & Arts

  • December 2009
  • ‘Frankenstein’ redux

    18th Dec 2009

    Review of Young Frankenstein at the Kennedy Center Opera House The funniest scene in “Young Frankenstein,” the Mel Brooks musical…

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  • September 2009
  • The Ugly American: : A Rhodes Scholar Goes South

    26th Sep 2009

    Gringo: A Coming-of-Age in Latin America Chesa Boudin, Scribner, 2009 Chesa Boudin is the biological son of two terrorists and…

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  • August 2009
  • The Guru of Conventional Wisdom

    15th Aug 2009

    The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria W.W. Norton, 2008, 304 pages. Fareed Zakaria is one of the most influential foreign…

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  • July 2009
  • A Lapdog in Wolffe's Clothing

    16th Jul 2009

    Renegade: The Making of a President By Richard Wolffe; Crown; 368 pages; $26.00  Last month, Politico’s Ben Smith served up…

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  • Battlefields of the Heart

    13th Jul 2009

    Reviews of 5 plays at the 2009 Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia Farragut North ★★★½ Stephen Bellamy,…

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  • June 2009
  • Review of "Anne and Emmett"

    17th Jun 2009

    The proposition “what If” has produced some wonderful works of theater. Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen” imagines a conversation between the physicists…

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  • Indictment of matrimony at odds with gay marriage

    12th Jun 2009

    Noel Coward’s “Design for Living” — now in revival by the Shakespeare Theatre Company — shocked audiences when it premiered…

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  • May 2009
  • Reagan's Place

    29th May 2009

    The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War.  By James Mann; Viking; 396 pages;…

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  • April 2009
  • Tough Love

    3rd Apr 2009

    Bronwen Maddox makes the case against Anti-Americanism. In Defense of America By Bronwen Maddox; Little, Brown; 216 pages; $16.99.  “Only…

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  • August 2008
  • Bad Samaritans

    7th Aug 2008

    Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution by Ian Kershaw; Yale University Press; 400 pages; $35 A recent news item in The…

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About James

James Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent currently based in Washington. He has reported from Southern and North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, across the European continent, and the Caucasus. He is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C., a correspondent for The Daily Beast and is a columnist for Tablet. His first book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age is forthcoming from Yale University Press.

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