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Remembering decisive American intervention in World War I

As the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I approaches, a loud “huzzah” is due Geoffrey Wawro — one of the few historians bold enough to declare that American intervention was decisive in the conflict.

Re-imagining ‘King Lear’ in modern India

In “We That Are Young,” Preti Taneja’s re-imagines the “King Lear” story in modern India. The country is economically booming — “fast forward every day” with malls and hotels, spas and mansions for the wealthy, and slums and rubbish-heaps and punishing jobs as servants and factory workers for the poor.

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Navigating educational realities and constitutional demands

Under the 14th Amendment, the fundamental protections of the Bill of Rights are extended to state and local action, so that even the smallest hamlet is inhibited from curbing freedom of speech or freedom of religion or punishing someone without a fair trial. But there's an asterisk to that statement: It doesn't necessarily apply to school boards. As University of Chicago law professor Justin Driver writes in "The Schoolhouse Gate": "Typically, the public school setting affords students diminished constitutional protections as compared with other locales."

A journey through an original literary mind

Helen DeWitt is a writer with an extraordinary breadth of knowledge, a quirky wit, freewheeling style and apparent expertise in fields as diverse as the classics, philosophy, mathematics, art and music. Her recently published book of 13 short stories, "Some Trick," covers these fields and others. It is a delicious combination of Ionesco's absurd, Nabokov's erudite wit and Waugh's satire, all with an underlying note of anguish. She is both very funny and quite serious.

'A reporter in the midst of history'

They are known as wiremen and it is a compliment in the newspaper business now battered by inhuman electronics. What it means is that they are reporters who can and will do anything because they are not only good at it, they love it.

Recognizing the threat of the new Central Asian jihad

Last July 29, five terrorists in Tajikistan rammed a car into a group of seven Western cyclists and then attacked them with knives. Four of the killed cyclists included a couple from Washington, D.C., who were on a worldwide cycling adventure. The other fatalities were males from Switzerland and the Netherlands, and three others were wounded.

A square shooter finally returns fire

Earlier this month, when the unsupported allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had just become front page news, I happened to be in a physician's office for a routine check-up. It turned out that my doctor -- whose anonymity I'll respect -- had been a prep school classmate of Judge Kavanaugh.

Revisiting an incorruptible knight in a corrupt world

"Raymond Chandler once wrote that 'some literary antiquarian of a rather special type may one day think it worthwhile to run through the files of the pulp detective magazines' to watch as 'the popular mystery story shed its refined good manners and went native,'" the editors of "The Annotated Big Sleep" write in their introduction of the late, great Raymond Chandler's classic crime novel.

'The factory still defines our world'

For three centuries, the factory system has thrived in our world. It became an important friend and ally of capitalists and communists. It played an important role in the 19th-century Industrial Revolution. It created products that led to greater economic growth, job opportunities and market share. It pitted bosses against workers, caused the rise of trade unions, and could make or break the future of a city, town and community.

Looking back at spycraft over times new and ancient

At hand is a truly magisterial work, a sweeping history that stretches from the biblical era to the present. Christopher Andrew is the leading academic intelligence historian of our time. A professor at the University of Cambridge, he has written a veritable shelf of books on intelligence.

A 'conservative libertarian' delivers laughs

The constant left-wing harangue mistreating Americans every day needs to be countered in a decisive way. Enter a book to counter that harangue: "The Gutfeld Monologues: Classic Rants from The Five" by Greg Gutfeld.

Revisiting Israel's founding document

The year 2017 marked the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, one of the most famous -- and to its opponents, most infamous -- promises ever issued by a colonial power to a people seeking to reclaim its nationhood in its ancient land, in this case, the Jewish people's historical connection to the land of Israel.