Arthur M. Eckstein

Arthur M. Eckstein is a professor emertius of history at the University of Maryland at College Park. 

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  • October 1989

    The Ten Deadly Sins

    This book, originally published in Czech in 1973, is based on an amusing literary conceit. Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, an English Catholic priest and important early 20th-century theologian, was also a distinctive figure in the development of the genre of detective fiction.

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  • August 1989

    "Enemies of Society"

    In the late summer of 1985, the San Francisco Bay area celebrated the 40th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of World War II. Part of the celebration consisted of a cavalcade of American Navy vessels around the Bay; this commemorative cavalcade, however, was shadowed by a squadron of small pleasure boats defiantly flying the Japanese flag.

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  • April 1989

    Caution: Historical Revisionism at Work

    "He who controls the past controls the future." Nowhere is Big Brother's dictum truer than in the case of Vietnam and the antiwar movement. Lately, one can detect a new and persistent attempt to remold the history and goals of the antiwar movement in a way designed to make it more acceptable to. the mass of the American people.

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  • March 1989

    Burned but Never Consumed

    The first writer known to have made the outrageous accusation of ritual cannibalism against the Jews was a pagan Greek named Apion. But it was the Christians who established prejudice against and hatred for Jews as a fixture of Western civilization.

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  • February 1989

    A Prince of Our Disorder

    In 1982 The Village Voice published an article accusing the famous Polish emigre writer Jerzy Kosinski of being a fraud. The authors (Geoffrey Stokes and Eliot Fremont-Smith) argued that Kosinski's novels had all received extensive and unacknowledged "help" from various editorial assistants.

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  • March 1988

    Revenge of the Nerd

    Shortly before Christmas 1984, Bernhard Hugo Goetz shot and seriously wounded four young men, passengers on a New York City subway train. Before he disappeared into the winter evening, Goetz told the conductor that the four had been trying to rob him and that he'd fired only in self-defense.

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  • Myths of Imperialism
    November 1987

    Myths of Imperialism

    In a rational world, the term "imperialism" might have been a carefully defined and useful tool of political and social analysis, part of the study of how empires come into being.

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  • September 1987

    Lillian Hellman, True and False

    In a recent issue of The Nation, John L. Hess complains about the current flow of books demythologizing the venerated martyrs of the American left. So what if new historical research suggests that the Rosenbergs (or at least one of them) were actually guilty?

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  • February 1987

    The Glory and the Myth of John Ford

    A year ago, the University of Maryland held a special screening of John Ford's The Searchers (1956), followed by a two-hour discussion of the film led by representatives of the departments of history, English, philosophy, and communications.

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  • September 1986

    Germania Tremens

    Anyone who has lived in Germany eventually realizes that Germany is a nation of hypochondriacs. Germans spend far more than Americans on nostrums, vitamins, tranquilizers, and elixers.

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  • April 1986

    Inside Jokes

    From August 1941 until November 1943, George Orwell served as the producer and writer of a radio talk show beamed by the BBC out to India. Physically unfit for army duty, he considered the job to be his way of "doing his bit" in the war against Hitler.

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  • March 1986

    Sympathy for the Devil

    One would have thought to have heard the last of Jack Henry Abbott. Back in the early 1980's, you'll remember, Jack Abbott was a literary cause celèbre: here was a great, lost writer, condemned to an unending and unfair prison term, but discovered and redeemed by Norman Mailer.

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  • The Mystery of Arthur Koestler
    November 1985

    The Mystery of Arthur Koestler

    It was apt that 1984, the Orwellian Year, should see the reissue of Ar­thur Koestler's two-volume autobiog­ raphy (first published some three dec­ ades ago) and that the year should also see the appearance of a strange third volume, partly autobiographical, which carries Koestler's story forward into the mid-1950's.

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  • Our Orwell, Right or Left
    September 1985

    Our Orwell, Right or Left

    In Moscow in 1963, there was a saying: "Tell me what you think of Solzhenitsyn and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and I'll tell you who you are." A similar principle applies today among Western intellectuals and their opinion of George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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