Michael Herr, author of “Dispatches” and screenwriter of “Full Metal Jacket,” has died at 76. Benjamin Ivry explains how this “middle class Jewish boy” became perhaps the greatest chronicler of the American experience in Vietnam
The personal is political, but the personal is also a powerful tool these seven books use to come to grips with historical events that tragically transcend individuals, families and even nations.
In “A History of the Grandparents I Never Had,” Ivan Jablonka reconstructs the story of how his father became an orphan, and in so doing, creates a luminous and lacerating contribution to Holocaust literature.
“Presenting Shakespeare” is the first published collection of posters for Shakespeare’s plays. Authors Mirko Ilić and Steven Heller explain why their book is more than just the “Best of the Bard.”
In “Hustling Hitler,” Walter Shapiro details how his great uncle Freeman Bernstein hoodwinked Adolf Hitler and, in this excerpt, explains how Bernstein tried to help Herbert Hoover out with the Jewish vote.
For essayist and critic David Ulin, the work of Delmore Schwartz was most significant for its influence on his hero Lou Reed. Reassessing Schwartz’s writing, Ulin locates Schwartz as a uniquely American writer.
Though the citizens of Polish ghettos perished, their vivid testimonies survive. Julia M. Klein reviews “In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz.”
Sayed Kashua is a celebrated successful writer, filmmaker and professor. Even so, when he left home, he found that he was just as out of place as a Palestinian in the Midwest as he was back in Israel.5
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