Michael Walzer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and coeditor emeritus of Dissent. His new book is The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions.
 (March 2015)

IN THE REVIEW

Is the Right Choice a Good Bargain?

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie

Valuing Life: Humanizing the Regulatory State

by Cass R. Sunstein
Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie’s recent book about how to make group decisions “wiser” has a strange text on its copyright page: the Harvard Business Review Press will, for large orders of the book from companies and corporations, provide special printings with the company logo displayed on a customized cover …

Imaginary Jews

Rembrandt: Portrait of an Old Jew, 1654

Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition

by David Nirenberg
David Nirenberg’s book Anti-Judaism isn’t a history of the Jewish experience of discrimination, persecution, and genocide; nor is it an indictment of contemporary anti-Zionism or a defense of the state of Israel. The book is not about Jews at all or, at least, not about real Jews; it deals extensively and almost exclusively with imaginary Jews. What Nirenberg has written is an intellectual history of Western civilization, seen from a peculiar but frighteningly revealing perspective.