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Books On My Night Table

It’s no secret that the various Israeli secret services are quite effective. Ronen Bergman’s doorstopper of a book, Rise and Kill First: The Inside Story and Secret Operations of Israel’s Assassination Program, concentrates, obviously, on the enemies of the Jewish State who are chosen for assassination. Bergman chronicles the awkward birth pangs of the intelligence […]

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Books On My Night Table

Three fine books I highly recommend.

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Books On My Night Table

I’m reading three splendid books, all which I highly recommend.

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How to Be a Conservative

“Sir Roger Scruton, a formally trained political philosopher, talks about his life and the events he’s witnessed that led him to conservatism. He first embraced conservatism after witnessing the leftist student protests in France in May 1968. During the ensuing riots in Paris, more than three hundred people were injured. Scruton walked away from this […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part III

In her disarmingly modest, and revealing autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unveils her life in a lovely, impressionist style that is at the same time sharply focused. As Seraphic Secret wrote in […]

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Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part II

In her modest, jewel of an autobiography, On the Other Hand, film actress Fay Wray (September 15, 1907–August 8, 2004), best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic film King Kong, unveils the confusing threads of her life in Hollywood in a lovely, impressionist style that is, at the same time, sharply […]

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Book Review: The Scandal of Money by George Gilder

Seraphic Secret invited our good friend Jake Novak to review George Gilder’s important new book. Imagine you’re a carpenter who naturally relies on a good hammer to get your work done. But after years of reliable service, that hammer starts to act strangely. Sometimes it pushes the nail into the wood, and sometimes it doesn’t. […]

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Book Review: For the Love of Wine

As most of my readers know, Seraphic Secret does not drink. Not wine, nor any type of liquor. That’s because alcohol, even the smallest amount, is a sure-fire trigger for a migraine. So, you ask, why is Seraphic Secret reviewing a book dedicated to wine? Well, it’s simple, the author of this elegant and fascinating volume, […]

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Books On My Night Table

Opening sentences: Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back: Europe 1914–1949: “Europe’s twentieth century was a century of war.”

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Sophia Loren on Jayne Mansfield’s Girls

  Sophia Loren’s sidelong glance at Jayne Mansfield’s proud cleavage is ubiquitous on classic movie blogs. Over the past few years, I have seen this picture reproduced on dozens of sites. The picture seems to tell a simple story. Sophia Loren (b. Sofia Scicolone, 1934), an international star whose cleavage was also a prominent onscreen […]

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Ally by Michael B. Oren, Ambassador to Chelm

New Jersey born historian Michael B. Oren was a Zionist inspired-teenager, who, in 1970, when shaking hands with the Israeli Ambassador Yitzchak Rabin, promised himself that someday he would be Israel’s ambassador to the United States. Like a great many American dreamers, Oren’s ambition was realized — sort of. Oren was Israel’s ambassador to the […]

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Europeans Help Catch the Jew

Seraphic Secret has not yet read Tuvia Tenenbom’s “Catch the Jew.” (We have been reading “Days of Rage” by Bryan Burrough, an astonishing and important book, and a review will follow in a few days.)

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Reading Lunch Under the California Sun

I usually read several few books at a time. I think I have a touch of ADD. Or maybe I’m just intellectually restless. Because we live in Los Angeles where the sun shines almost every day of the week, I often sit in Casa Avrech’s patio eating lunch and reading. Here’s a sample of the […]

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Margaret in Hollywood

Back in the days when Shakespeare still meant something to a lot of people, I wanted to be a great dramatic actress. Before I knew it I was in Hollywood . . . Thus begins Darcy O’Brien’s novel “Margaret in Hollywood” (1992), the story of Margaret Spencer, an early child star of vaudeville and a rising […]

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Growing Up in Hollywood: A Way of Life, Like Any Other

Darcy O’Brien (1939 – 1998) was a scholar of Irish literature, and also the author of several best-selling works in the true-crime genre. “Two of a Kind: The Hillside Strangler” (1985) was adapted into the television film, “The Case of the Hillside Stranglers” starring Richard Crenna. “Murder in Little Egypt,” (1989) is about a small-town Illinois doctor […]

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Book Review: Bina Lobell’s Super Secret Diary

One of the most important strategies for a writer is to set the tone for his work as quickly and as accurately as possible. As a screenwriter, I make it a rule to set the tone for my script in the very first scene. When I write a novel or a memoir, I make it […]

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Book Review: Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist by Yossi Klein Halevi

I was scared of Yossi Klein Halevi. This was back in high school when Yossi and I were students — sorta — at Brooklyn Talmudic Academy. Sorta, because Yossi and I were two off the most indifferent students in that yeshiva’s history. When I was scheduled to be in class I was, more often than […]

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John Wayne Casts a Giant Shadow

John Wayne’s commitment to Conservative values cemented his support of Israel. Indeed, there was a time when even Hollywood liberals supported Israel publicly, and through generous charitable contributions.  Tragically, classic liberalism is dead, replaced by a postmodern Democrat party—progressivism—that is radically left and infused with the classic Jew-hatred of Marxist-Lenninism. In Scott Eyman’s compulsively readable biography […]

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John Wayne Stumbles Into Overtime

Scott Eyman’s superb biography of John Wayne presents a multi-dimensional portrait of a good and decent man who went out of his way to help others. But out of intrinsic modesty, Wayne never made his kindness and charity a public calling card. Before becoming a superstar in Stagecoach (1939), Wayne was working like a dog, […]

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Silent Star Alma Rubens: “I am a Dope Fiend But Not a Jewess!”

Many persons who have followed my career on the screen and stage mistake me for a Jewess. This belief perhaps was strengthened when I married Ricardo Cortez, my third husband, the only one I ever really loved, and whom I am now trying to divorce. Although I didn’t find it out until almost a year […]

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