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In our submissions guidelines we say to reviewers that our goal is not to learn about the book (or movie, dance, play, etc.) being reviewed, but for the reviewer to use the book as a pretext to teach us something about the nature of reality as understood by the reviewer and perhaps stimulated by the book. A tall order. See how we are doing:

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Very Much Present at the Creation: John Judis’s Book on American Jews and the Establishment of Israel
by Paul Scham
Judis’s history, which stresses the importance of American Jewish/Zionist activism and lobbying in persuading President Harry Truman to support the establishment of a Jewish state, is not that different from the received narrative. What is different is that Judis makes explicit that he doesn’t understand how American Jewish liberals could so completely forsake their liberal ideas when it came to opposing Palestinian efforts to retain their homeland.
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Alona Kimhi’s Magical Brutalism
by Joshua Bernstein
Lily La Tigresse is unsparing in its critique, but it's also seminal in terms of launching its indictment of Israel—a society that, in Kimhi's view, is no more generous or compassionate than the barbarous terrain of Europe, not to mention the U.S.S.R.
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Doing Justice in an Unjust World
by Thad Williamson
Thad Williamson reviews Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation by Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda.
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Woolf, West, and the Conundrum of Veterans
by Joshua Bernstein
Arguably the two most immediate—and in my judgment, truest—books from the Great War, in spite of Hemingway's assertion that there were none, were written by authors who not only never set foot on the battlefield; neither of them was a male.
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Culture

Where Is Home? A Revolution in Our Personal Lives
by Harriet Fraad
Harriet Fraad reviews books by Eric Klinenberg, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Hannah Rosin, and Charles Murray.
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Culture

Democratizing Wealth, Democratizing Power
by Thad Williamson
Thad Williamson reviews What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution by Gar Alperovitz.
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Spirituality in a Broken World
by Larry Rasmussen
Larry Rasmussen reviews Spirituality: What It Is and Why It Matters by Roger S. Gottlieb.
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Queering Palestinian Solidarity Work
by Wendy Elisheva Somerson
Wendy Elisheva Somerson reviews Israel/Palestine and the Queer International by Sarah Schulman.
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An End to Easy Answers: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s New Memoir
by Wendy Elisheva Somerson
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore describes decades of queer activism in her new memoir, which is often scarring, startling, and never easy. But Sycamore confronts the problems in her life with real feeling, showing that emotion—if genuine—can often break us out of the corporate-sponsored numbness which so inundates our culture.
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Hark! The Psychiatrists Sing, Hoping Glory for that Revised DSM Thing!
by Phil Wolfson
The DSM-5 is full of labels and misconceptions. Avoid it, if you can. If you can't, at least know how it manipulates medical information to turn various mind-states into "disorders" and "diseases" which must be "cured." The truth is, psychiatry can be a wonderful and holistic discipline, when not in the clutches of Pharma and the often useless drugs that industry peddles.
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