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James McAuley, until recently the Paris correspondent for the Washington Post, has received glowing coverage of his book “The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France” in both the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books. In their respective reviews, both Julian Barnes and David A. Bell explore how a book purportedly about objects is, in fact, a profound meditation on identity and antisemitism.
How have debates over history come to be so central to American politics? What is at stake in the conflict between those who trace America’s founding to 1619 vs. those who trace it to 1776? In a masterful essay for Harper’s Magazine, Matt Karp traces the genealogy of this turn in public