Tag Archives: WSJ

Rail Transport: Chicago’s Vulnerability To Strikes

Wall Street Journal (December 19, 2022) – In recent years, the city’s railyards have seen severe bottlenecks as the supply chain choked up nationally. With $3 trillion in goods traveling through Chicago every year, the city is the busiest rail hub in the U.S. WSJ breaks down how important rail is to the region, and how vulnerable the system is to a work stoppage like a strike.

Illustration: Adele Morgan

Reviews: Top Books To Read – November 2022

‘Indivisible’ Review: One and Inseparable

Indivisible|Joel Richard Paul

At a time of mutual hatred and bitter division, Daniel Webster argued for the primacy of a unifying political idea. Review by Fergus M. Bordewich

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Indivisible : Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism

by Joel Richard Paul

‘Arthur Miller’ Review: Only Truth for Sale

Arthur Miller|John Lahr

In plays like ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘The Crucible,’ Miller gave voice to the anxieties behind the optimism of mid-20th-century America. Review by Willard Spielgelman

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Arthur Miller : American Witness

by John Lahr

Fiction: ‘The Magic Kingdom’ by Russell Banks

The Magic Kingdom|Russell Banks

Plus ‘Toad’ by Katherine Dunn and ‘Now Is Not the Time to Panic’ by Kevin Wilson. Review by Sam Sacks

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The Magic Kingdom


by Russell Banks

Five Best: Books on Memory

Selected by Joshua Landy, the author of ‘The World According to Proust.’

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Books: The Top Ten Best Reviews Of October 2022


Abominations: Selected Essays From a Career of Courting Self-Destruction

By Lionel Shriver Harper

With a restless imagination and an instinct to take on progressive orthodoxies, the novelist and essayist Lionel Shriver brings her “smart, plain-spoken and unpredictable” style to subjects that many writers prefer to shy away from. Review by Meghan Cox Gurdon.

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Bruce Catton: The Army of the Potomac Trilogy

Edited by Gary W. Gallagher Library of America

In a trilogy of narratives that “broke the mold” in Civil War history, Bruce Catton told the story of the Eastern theater with an eye to the sacrifices and sufferings of the ordinary soldiers who fought and died on both sides. Review by Harold Holzer.

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The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

By Jonathan Freedland Harper

Walter Rosenberg did not make it easy for the Nazi-allied regime in his native Slovakia to deport him—along with thousands of other Slovak Jews—to extermination camps like Auschwitz. But once he wound up there, he was determined to get out and spread the word of the ongoing genocide. Review by Diane Cole.

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The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man

By Paul Newman Knopf

A long-awaited, posthumously published memoir from the star of “Cool Hand Luke,” “The Verdict” and other classics reveals the inner world of a hard-working actor who “breathed in insecurity and exhaled doubt.” Review by Michael O’Donnell.

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The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series

By Tyler Kepner Doubleday

What was for many years the center of the American sports calendar has lost some of its grip on the collective imagination. But a journey through October Classics past proves that the magic of the World Series still has a potent charm. Review by David M. Shribman.

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Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern

By Neil Baldwin Knopf

The pioneering figure of modern dance was a daring innovator, a technical perfectionist and a preternaturally gifted performer. While she transformed the way a generation of dancers thought about movement, she looked for ways to claim her art firmly as an American one. Review by Hamilton Cain.

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The Oldest Cure in the World: Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting

By Steve Hendricks Abrams Press

Fasting has a long history of use as a spiritual aid—a ritual of purification and turning away from indulgence—and as a tool for protest. But emerging science suggests that its positive effects on physical health can no longer be overlooked. Review by Matthew Rees.

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The Ray Bradbury Collection

Edited by Jonathan R. Eller Library of America

Ray Bradbury’s unique science fiction owed more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s darkly symbolic stories than to H.G. Wells’s rationalist visions. On a Mars that held curious correspondences to the Midwestern country of Bradbury’s youth, fathers and sons negotiated the strange spaces between them. Review by Brad Leithauser.

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The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

By Stacy Schiff Little, Brown

The “stage manager” of the American Revolution has resisted attempts by historians to pin down the details of his life. Stacy Schiff finds a potential key to Samuel Adams’s enigmatic character in the financial tumult of his family’s business. Review by Mark G. Spencer.

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The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of Empire

By Joseph Sassoon Pantheon

The business empire of the Sassoon dynasty began in Bombay, where the family of Iraqi Jews had fled to escape persecution, and flourished in the opium trade with China. The “Rothschilds of Asia” kept a low profile—and when the tides of fortune turned against them, their once-global enterprise became a distant memory. Review by Norman Lebrecht.

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Rising Inflation: The Shelter Index Explained

Changes in the housing market are often delayed in inflation data, which can make things difficult for the Fed. Housing is one of the most weighted categories when tracking inflation, but it’s also one of the most complicated to measure. WSJ’s David Harrison explains how the shelter index is calculated, and why it can muddy the inflation outlook for the Fed. Illustration: Laura Kammermann

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – October 15, 2022


Xi Jinping’s Endgame: A China Prepared for Conflict With the U.S.

Over the past 10 years, Xi Jinping has unleashed an array of military, economic and political campaigns to brace the country for what he sees as the increasingly likely prospect of confrontation with the West.

Russia Urges Evacuation of Occupied Kherson

Russian-installed officials in Ukraine’s south amplified calls for residents to leave as Kyiv’s forces step up their campaign to retake the region and Russia builds fortifications.


The Pentagon’s Recruiting Woes

By The Editorial Board | Review & Outlook

The Man Who Said Ukraine Would Win

By Tunku Varadarajan | The Weekend Interview

A More Diverse America Turns Against Racial Preferences

By John Ellis | Commentary

What the Jan. 6 Hearings Accomplished

By The Editorial Board | Review & Outlook

Ukraine Views: Inside The Recaptured City Of Izyum

Ukrainian forces have reclaimed large swaths of territory in the Kharkiv region. WSJ’s Stephen Kalin reports from the liberated city of Izyum, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to assess damage on Wednesday.

Izyum, also spelled Iziumcity, eastern Ukraine. Izyum is located 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Kharkiv on the Donets River. The earliest historical mention of it dates as early as 1571; it has been a city since 1639. Izyum is linked with Kharkiv and Luhansk by rail. Industries have included railroad repair, brick making, brewing, and optical equipment manufacture. 

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 29, 2022


U.N. Inspectors Head to Ukraine Nuclear Plant as Safety Fears Grow

The International Atomic Energy Agency said a team was heading to the facility to assess damage, check safety and security systems and evaluate staff conditions. The inspection will begin on Wednesday and last until

U.S. Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait for First Time Since Pelosi Visit

The move comes amid deteriorating ties between Beijing and Washington, and as tensions rise between Taiwan and China after the U.S. House speaker’s trip earlier this month.

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 27, 2022


U.N. Set to Inspect Ukraine Nuclear Plant Early Next Week

United Nations atomic agency inspectors are poised to make an emergency visit to Ukraine’s Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant early next week, after a breakthrough in negotiations over access, people involved in the talks said.2617 hours ago

Mar-a-Lago Search Affidavit Says Top Secret Documents Had Been Found Previously

Boxes retrieved from the former president’s home since the start of the year contained top-secret national defense information, according to the heavily redacted affidavit.

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 26, 2022


Powell to Address Economic Outlook at Jackson Hole

The Fed chairman’s comments will be closely watched for signals on how the central bank could manage a series of difficult trade-offs as it seeks to bring inflation down from a 40-year high.3 min read

Student-Loan Plan Ignites Debate Over Inflation, Budget Risks

The move to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for millions of borrowers will have economic consequences, including on inflation, consumer behavior and government budgets, though the degree of those effects is uncertain.5 min read

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – August 25, 2022


Biden Urged to Act Swiftly on Ukraine Nuclear Plant

A bipartisan letter from dozens of experts and former officials called on the U.S. president to make the deteriorating situation at the Zaporizhzhia plant an administration priority and demand an immediate inspection by the IAEA.

Biden Cancels Up to $20,000 in Student Debt for Millions

The president’s executive order will provide unprecedented relief for tens of millions of Americans but is certain to draw legal challenges and political pushback.6,906Long read

Musk-Twitter Legal Fight Complicated by Whistleblower Complaint

Allegations by the platform’s former head of security may open new legal pathways in Elon Musk’s effort to abandon the $44 billion takeover.6 min read