Our idea of what spies actually do is deeply tainted by a century or so of novels and movies, some better than others but all of them fictional. “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames” by Kai Bird (Crown, $26), by contrast, is the real thing. And yet, for all of its...
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Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi left his wife for a German-Jewish architect and weight lifter, a new biography says.
The new book, “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India,” by former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, reports that Gandhi was in love with...
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November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pmIf you grew up as I did, on more than one continent and surrounded by people of different faiths, you know what I mean when I say I've never had real heroes: For every truth in one place, I've encountered doubt in another; for every icon in one culture, I've met iconoclasts in...
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"He's the man who comes down from the mountaintop with tablets of stone," says U2's guitarist, The Edge, in "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary on Cohen, one of the greatest living songwriters, that is screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Comments on Cohen's many...
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In the winter of 1861-1862, the skies in California let loose, unleashing torrents of water around the state. In Los Angeles, rain fell for 28 straight days, pushing the Los Angeles River higher and higher until a waist-high wall of water jumped its banks, ripping away everything...
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"The Discovery of God: Abraham and The Birth of Monotheism" by David Klinghoffer (Doubleday, $26).
David Klinghoffer's biography of the patriarch Abraham rides on a new wave of interest in the Bible, and a growing sense of the Abrahamic heritage that Christians, Jews and Muslims...
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Can religious leaders be devout but not fanatic? Can fervent belief and tolerance coexist? Such questions are hardly academic these days: the results of religious fanaticism now consume headlines, and lives. One set of reassuring answers can be found in the life of Rabbi Benzion...
October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pmAccording to Rabbi Harold Schulweis, the present pope, John Paul II, has reached out to the Jews of the world in ways that far exceed any acts of his predecessors. He has begun a re-examination of the church's treatment of Jews, long overdue, but hitherto unacknowledged. Moreover, he...
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"He was a satyr, a black marketeer, a drunk and a savior."
The pithy description by author Thomas Keneallyrefers, of course, to Oskar Schindler, the flawed but ultimatelyheroic German businessman who saved his 1,200 Jewish employees duringthe Holocaust.
The man and the myth will be...