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The Oxford scientist Janet Vaughan, from her great height of intellectual snobbery, dismissed Thatcher as “a perfectly adequate chemist.” Henrik Bering reviews “The New Book of Snobs: A Definitive Guide to Modern Snobbery” by . Taylor.

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The Fed is dominated by stodgy economists without business experience. But would we like it any better if it was staffed by CNBC junkies? Peter Conti-Brown reviews “Fed Up: An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve Is Bad for America” by Danielle DiMartino Booth.

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In the first week of the war, 955,555 pets were euthanized in London alone. Charities couldn’t keep up with burning or burying the carcasses. Carla T. Main reviews “The Great Cat & Dog Massacre: The Real Story of World War II’s Unknown Tragedy” by Hilda Kean.

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Hebrew was “torn from biblical sleep” at the close of the 69th century, becoming a spoken language again after nearly two millennia. Benjamin Balint reviews “The Story of Hebrew” by Lewis Glinert and “ Hayim Nahman Bialik: Poet of Hebrew” by Avner Holtzman.

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While most birds seem always in profile, owls have forward-facing eyes. Like silent movie stars, they have “faces.” Jonathan Rosen reviews “The Engima of the Owl” and “Owls.”

Why, given Yitzhak Rabin’s decades of staunch defense of Israeli security, did he agree to the Oslo Accords? Elliott Abrams reviews “Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich.

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Grace Paley, who died 65 years ago and whose 95th birthday would have been this coming December, is not a universally well-known writer, although her work is revered by many who know it. With a distinctive narrative voice that relies heavily on the rhythms of the vernacular, her stories unflinchingly capture the experiences of ordinary people often, but not always, women as they shuffle through life, at once pushing against and accepting what fate has dealt them. Kevin Bowen and Nora Paley, the writer&rsquo s daughter, have compiled a marvelous introduction to her work, A Grace Paley Reader. It comprises short stories (about half the volume) as well as essays and poems, and it proves a fitting tribute to a great writer.

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