All-American Decency Is the Antidote to Anti-Semitism

It took two killers shooting up a Jersey City kosher-mart and one machete-wielding maniac invading a rabbi’s house in Monseyto reteach the old lesson that Jew-hatred is the most plastic hatred—adaptable, durable, artificial, and frequently toxic.  Until then, even most American Jews kept folding the fight against anti-Semitism into the partisan war over Donald Trump.  Yet reducing Jew-hatred […]

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Director Peter Glenville Was a Brilliant Artist, a Conservative—and in the Closet in 1960’s Hollywood

I am supposed to call Peter Glenville a gay director who was also a conservative Republican and a tax dodger, but it’s more accurate to call him a prominent Cold War-era Hollywood and Broadway director—who also happened to be a closeted Catholic conservative tax dodger. Welcome to the modern biographer’s dilemma. Today we often define […]

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The Casting Couch Perverts Who Peddled Fairy Tales

The Casting Couch is as old as Hollywood and as inescapable as bad reviews. Journalists keep blaming many different initiators of this demeaning show business “audition.” Suspects include Mack Sennett of the Keystone Comedies; Samuel Goldwyn, the G in MGM; Louis B. Mayer, the second M in MGM; Howard Hughes the studio head, aviator and germaphobic billionaire;Jack Warner of Warner Brothers;  and […]

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The One-Armed Orphan Who Brought Human Rights To The World

The human wrongs many experienced during the twentieth century—individually and collectively—spawned today’s human rights movement. Even the Thomas Jefferson of human rights, John Peters Humphrey, was a one-armed orphan bullied in private school. After working in the United Nations for twenty years, he concluded that this hope of humanity had become an “organization of shame.” […]

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The Truth About Colonel Klink: When America’s Favorite Comedy Nazi Commandant Was Played by a Jewish Refugee

Imagine achieving fame as an actor playing Nazis in America – thirty years after fleeing the Nazis to America. In our dour politically correct culture, which takes comedy too seriously, it sounds like a particularly excruciating form of hell. Werner Klemperer, born in Cologne in 1920, built his career playing a Nazi criminal Emil Hahn […]

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The Man Who Gave America a Rock-Hard Six-Pack

Joe Gold lived by metal—and almost died by metal. The iron-pumping, machine-welding body-builder, exercise-machine maven, and gym genius who helped turn America buff barely survived a paralyzing torpedo injury in the Philippines during World War II. Young men today feel incredibly pressured to look “cut,” with sharply defined delts and perfect “six-packs,” because Los Angeles’ […]

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The Black Regiment That Shocked the Redcoats

In January 1778, what would be immortalized as the rag-tag Continental Army was at its raggiest and taggiest. The brutal winter at Valley Forge scared off many of the soldiers it hadn’t killed or broken. Mocked as “the Ragged Lousey Naked Regiment,” the 1st Rhode Island Regiment wasn’t recruiting many new troops. Because desperation often […]

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The Man Who Made Father’s Day a Cash Cow

Celebrating Father’s Day, 2017 feels about as festive as celebrating May Day while Communism collapsed. America’s iconic father Bill Cosby is being tried for rape. The White House is overrun by a tantrum-prone, orange-haired, man-child. And the most popular modifier before the word “dad” is “deadbeat.” We’ve betrayed the Hallmark Card sentiments that launched this […]

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