How to cope with narcissists among us

You may not realize it when you first pick up a copy of Jeffrey Kluger’s latest book, The Narcissist Next Door (Riverhead Books, 2014, $14.99), but they really are everywhere. As the title suggests, you can find them in your family, in your office and even in your bed. Kluger, a senior editor of science… Read More

The real Anne Frank

Anne Frank: The Biography, by Melissa Muller, Picador, 480 pages, $18. German author Melissa Muller set out to find Anne Frank, the person beneath the legend, to create “as authentic a picture of Anne’s brief life as I could,” including the family and social environment that shaped her.She succeeds beautifully, giving us a rich picture… Read More

How dangerous is ‘Mein Kampf’?

Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler’s memoir-cum-polemic, became a best-seller in Germany once the Nazi leader became dictator and made his book required reading for the entire nation. Today, the 700-page-long “dreary and often incomprehensible diatribe,” as one writer described it, retains a dark power. With the copyright for the book due to expire at the end… Read More

Why Israel became a pariah

Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel by Joshua Muravchik. New York: Encounter Books, 2014. 233 pp. $25.99. Fuming about biased media coverage of Israel? Well, this book may not make you feel any better, but if you get your hands on Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel… Read More

What would a Clinton presidency mean to the Mideast?

Hard Choices, the title of a recently released foreign policy memoir by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, comes across as surprisingly ironic. While dedicating a chapter of her 656-page autobiography to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and attendant peace negotiations, Clinton, even in her own words, appears to be a passenger in peace efforts,… Read More

Fathers, sons and other characters

It is July 1939, Hitler will launch World War II in a little over a month, and in New York, Eddie Rubin is 17 years old. On this particular Friday morning, Eddie and his father have been invited by his father’s big-shot boss, Mr. Stone, to accompany him on boat ride up the Hudson to… Read More

‘The Good Spy’ who opened channel to PLO

On April 18, 1983, a truck full of explosives crashed into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and detonated, killing 63 people. Among them was 49-year-old American spy and father of six, Robert Ames. “Ames was sort of an unlikely spy,” Kai Bird, author of the new biography The Good Spy: The Life and Death of… Read More