A gay national security aide to Eisenhower during an era of purges Review of Ike’s Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler in The Washington Post.

Was Gary Hart the best president we never had? The dumbest assertion ever issued in the history of American politics was purportedly uttered by Gary Hart to The New York Times magazine in 1987: ‘Follow me around, I don’t care.’ Finish reading this review at the Spectator.

Looking for Europe, Finding America Adrift Sometimes, it takes a foreigner to remind you of America’s promise and potential. This is certainly one of those times. Finish reading this review at Tablet.

Rights Gone Wrong Review of The Debasement of Human Rights, by Aaron Rhodes, in Commentary

Of Badgers and Bunnies: Jeremy Thorpe’s Career in the Closet Upon the release of his book about the rise and fall of the Liberal politician, John Preston observed that “If homosexuality had been legal, none of this would’ve happened.” In an ideal world, where homosexuality was not only never legally proscribed, but also never the target of intense and widespread social stigma, this would be...

How Alan Hollinghurst Helped Make ‘Gay Literature’ Mainstream

How Alan Hollinghurst Helped Make ‘Gay Literature’ Mainstream The unquestioned greatest bard of gay life has for decades been writing some of the finest fiction of our time, good enough in fact to make us forget labels

‘Orbán’ Review: Hungary’s Strongman ORBÁN By Paul Lendvai Oxford, 273 pages, $29.95 In the summer of 1989, a bearded, shaggy-haired Viktor Orbán addressed a protest in Budapest’s Heroes’ Square. In a speech lasting less than seven minutes, the 26-year-old law student called for an end to the communist dictatorship, the holding of free elections and the withdrawal of Soviet...

The Norwegian TV series that’s enraged the Kremlin Okkupert (“Occupied”), the most expensive Norwegian television show in history, never mentions the word “quisling.” And yet its premise — a Russian occupation of Norway — evokes Vidkun Quisling’s Nazi collaborationist government and is permeated with the still unshakable trauma of that era. Read the rest of this review at Politico Europe.