‘Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II’ by Wil S. Hylton

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the number of American service personnel still missing from World War II stands at roughly 73,000 . Of that number, well over half disappeared in the Pacific theater of war, where dense jungles and vast expanses of open sea can make...

‘Angela Merkel: The Chancellor and Her World’ by Stefan Kornelius

Forbes magazine has named her the world’s most powerful woman. President Obama has awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is one of the longest-serving European leaders, and her country has been rated the most respected one in the world. Wildly popular at home,...

‘Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview and Other Convesation’

‘To think critically is always to be hostile,” the political philosopher Hannah Arendt declared in what turned out to be her last interview before her death in 1975. Pointing out that critical thought always challenges and undermines established rules and conventional...

‘The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World’ by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

Technology THE APP GENERATION How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination ina Digital World By Howard Gardner and Katie Davis Yale Univ. 244 pp. $25 We’d all like to absolve our children of their bad behavior by blaming it on some pernicious...

Five myths about the cloud

Michael Skok is a general partner at North Bridge, a venture capital firm that conducts an annual cloud computing survey. Cloud computing has crossed the threshold from a technology issue to a matter of political and cultural debate. It is at the center of the controversy over...

Milbank: Courts reap what they sow

Forgive me for not feeling charitable toward John Roberts’s Tiny Tim routine this holiday season. The chief justice invoked both Scrooge’s ghosts and George Bailey’s guardian angel in the first sentence of his annual report on the federal judiciary, released on...

‘Johnny Mercer: Southern Songwriter for the World,’ by Glenn T. Eskew

As witness Signature Theatre‘s recent cabaret show “Out of This World,” Johnny Mercer had only one peer as a lyricist: Cole Porter. Among the 1,500 songs to which Mercer supplied words that gave the melodies wit, depth and staying power were “P.S. I Love...

Who had the worst week in Washington? Mike Shanahan.

In the words of Boyz II Men — a Fix favorite in the early ’90s! — it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Particularly when you are stuck in a traffic jam on the way to getting fired. That’s the situation Mike Shanahan found himself in Monday when...

Gerson: Listening to the Founding Fathers

A political backlash has commenced within the Republican Party against tea party and libertarian groups that have limited interest in securing Republican victories and majorities. Elected leaders, party officials and business groups have begun pushing back against...

Marcus: The perils of legalized pot

Marijuana legalization may be the same-sex marriage of 2014 — a trend that reveals itself in the course of the year as obvious and inexorable. At the risk of exposing myself as the fuddy-duddy I seem to have become, I hope not. This is, I confess, not entirely logical and a...