Founded by the American Jewish Committee in 1945 as a monthly journal of "significant thought and opinion, Jewish affairs and contemporary issues," Commentary magazine has through the years had a far-reaching impact on American politics and culture. Commentary in American Life traces this influence over time, especially in creating the neoconservative movement. The authors of each chapter also consider the ways the magazine shaped and reflected major cultural and literary trends in the United States. The end result offers a full accounting of one of the most important journals of American political thought, providing insight into the development of American collective politics and culture over the last six decades. Contributors include: Nathan Abrams, Birbeck College; John Ehrman, Nathan Glazer, Harvard University; Thomas L. Jeffers, Marquette University; George H. Nash, Richard Gid Powers, College of Staten Island and the CUNY Graduate Center; Fred Siegel, The Cooper Union; Terry Teachout, Ruth R. Wisse, Harvard University; and the editor.
Introduction: Commentary: The First Sixty Years, by Murray Friedman. Chapter One: 'America is Home': Commentary Magazine and the Refocusing of the Community of Memory, 1945-1960, by Nathan Abrams. Chapter Two: Commentary: The Early Years, by Nathan Glazer. Chapter Three The Jewishness of Commentary, by Ruth R. Wisse. Chapter four: Commentary and the City. Chapter Five: What They Talked About When they Talked About Literature, by Thomas L. Jeffers. Chapter Six: COmmentary and the Common Culture, by Terry Teachout, Chapter Seven: Norman Podhoretz and the Cold War, by Richard Gid Powers. Chapter Eight: Joining the Ranks, by George H. Nash. Chapter Nine: Commentary's Children, by John Ehrman. About the Contributors. Index.