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Mark Helprin

Mark Helprin, whose novels include Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War and Freddy and Fredericka, is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute who writes the regular "Parthian Shot" column for the Claremont Review of Books.

 

Helprin's writing has appeared in The New Yorker for two decades. He has written on politics and aesthetics for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Criterion, National Review, The American Heritage, The Wall Street Journal (of which he is a contributing editor), The New York Times, and many other publications here and abroad.

Raised on the Hudson and in the British West Indies, Helprin holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and did postgraduate work at the University of Oxford. He served in the British Merchant Navy, the Israeli infantry, and the Israeli Air Force.

A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a former Guggenheim Fellow, Helprin has been awarded the National Jewish Book Award and the Prix de Rome.

His website is http://www.markhelprin.com.

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Articles found on this site:
At Sea
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: October 19, 2017
This article appeared in: Volume XVII, Number 4, Fall 2017

Perhaps we will stumble into the next Great War. 

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In Praise of Thomas Sowell
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: July 31, 2017
This article appeared in: Volume XVII, Number 3, Summer 2017

Both his character and his work elicit admiration.

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Speaking Freely
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: May 1, 2017
This article appeared in: Volume XVII, Number 2, Spring 2017

Our language wars reflect our political, philosophical, and cultural divisions.

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As Europe Devolves, America Centralizes
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: November 8, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 4, Fall 2016

Status updates. 

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Taking Terrorism Seriously
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: August 11, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 3, Summer 2016

A nation which refuses effective defense and just retaliation will sooner or later cease to exist.

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Defense Is Missing in Action
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: May 11, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 2, Spring 2016

America's defense is missing in action.

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Inequity
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: June 8, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 3 - Summer 2007

No good case exists for the inequality of real and intellectual property in the United States.

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By: Mark Helprin
Posted: December 14, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 4, Fall 2013

In February 1945, when President Franklin Roosevelt received Ibn Saud on the deck of the USS Quincy, the king was a supplicant.

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America's Collapse in the Middle East
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: December 2, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 4 - Fall 2013

In February 1945, when President Franklin Roosevelt received Ibn Saud on the deck of the USS Quincy, the king was a supplicant.

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Israel Lets Down Its Guard
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: August 7, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 3 - Summer 2013

 Israel is able to destroy the Iranian nuclear weapons program

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Lessons of Benghazi
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: May 24, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 2 - Spring 2013

Do Americans understand that war and death abhor a vacuum of strength

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Psalm XXIII
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: March 20, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 1 - Winter 2012/13

Newly Revised, Rearranged, Expanded, and Corrected According to Modern Principles

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Whither the Navy?
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: January 21, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 4 - Fall 2012

President Barack Obama believes, as he put it in his third debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, that though

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Red State, Blue State
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: August 2, 2012
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 3 - Summer 2012

 English language are ravished by contemporary American politics

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Obama Hypnotized by Europa
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: July 9, 2012
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 2 - Spring 2012

Barack Obama asks America to cast off many of its traditions in favor of the European model of governance and society

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Iran's Mortal Threat
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: January 31, 2012
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 1 - Winter 2011/12

The Iranian nuclear program is a mortal threat the president of the United States fails adequately to address. 

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The Boitnott Doctrine
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: November 28, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Number 4 - Fall 2011

According to the Charlottesville Daily Progress, Doris Boitnott, assistant director of the Virginia Education Association (something one might once have called a union

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The Central Proposition
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: September 13, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Number 4 - Fall 2011
America’s misguided effort to transform the Arab Middle East....
 
Anchors Away
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: June 30, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Number 3 - Summer 2011

A Space Odyssey suggested that in another 30 years commercial flights to the moon, 

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Thinking About the Unthinkable, Again
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: April 6, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Numbers 1 & 2 - Winter/Spring 2010/11

Reductions in nuclear arms make America less safe.

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The Common Defense
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: April 6, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Numbers 1 & 2 - Winter/Spring 2010/11

 further reductions in American military power are warranted and unavoidable

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Why Israel Needs Nuclear Weapons
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: November 29, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 4 - Fall 2010

Sixty-five years after Germany's campaign to exterminate the Jews, of the many countries in the world Israel is the only one repeatedly subjected to calls for its extinction

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Hollow Talk in the South China Sea
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: September 13, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 3 - Summer 2010

Lurking about the presidency in the guise of secretary of state,

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Farewell to the China Station
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: May 12, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 2 - Spring 2010

If two locomotives are running at each other on the same track, it is possible that one will derail before impact or an earthquake will disalign their paths, but more likely—here is what is going to happen in the...

 
The Fate of the Raptor
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: March 3, 2010
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 1, Winter - 2009/10

Cancelling the F-22 Raptor, the most capable fighter plane ever produced, is yet another act in the tragedy of a nation.

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Obama Blinks Twice
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: November 16, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 4 - Fall 2009

With both a collapsing economy and natural gas reserves sufficient to produce 270 years of electricit

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K-Street Consultants' Memo to the Somali Pirates
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: August 6, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 3 - Summer 2009

Memo to the Somali Pirates

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First, Do No Harm
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: July 20, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 2 - Spring 2009

Improving the American health care system.

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A Tender Salute and Pleasant Reply
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: April 28, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 2 - Spring 2009

Mark Helprin rebuts Peter Wehner’s defense of the Bush Doctrine.

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Rich Country, Strong Arms
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: August 4, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII, Number 3 - Summer 2008

We ignore China’s grand strategy at our peril.

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Make the Sudan an Offer It Can't Refuse
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: June 13, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII, Number 3 - Summer 2008

Which would the regime in Sudan prefer - annihilation or the discontinuation of its campaign of mass murder?

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McCain Mutiny
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: April 18, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII , Number 2 - Spring 2008

McCain is the only Republican candidate with a chance of winning, and thus preserving conservatism.

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The New Soft Underbelly of Europe
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: February 4, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII , Number 1 - Winter 2007/08

Germany, Russia, and the evolving situation in Europe.

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A Rare Alignment
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: October 3, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 4 - Fall 2007

In the heat of a failing war, historical processes have unfrozen. 

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China as a Rising Nuclear Power
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: March 14, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 2 - Spring 2007

China is not as technically dependent as we are.

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The Worst Generation Faces the Greatest Peril
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: January 31, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VI, Number 4 - Fall 2006

We face a danger that approaches steadily from the far distance like a tsunami in slow motion.

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The Literary Tenor of the Times
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: January 26, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 1 - Winter 2006/07

The Hidden Meanings of Bernard de Con's Account of the Assault on Fort Ticonderoga.

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The War in Lebanon
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: October 16, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI, Number 4 - Fall 2006

Why Israel won this battle, but greater ones lie ahead.

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Migrant Thoughts
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: June 5, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI, Number 3 - Summer 2006

When nations in decline are assaulted from without, they often lose the capacity to defend sensibly.

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Constitution or Tyranny
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: March 24, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI , Number 2 - Spring 2006

The Left openly disdains the Constitution when it frustrates any of their preferences.

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The Democratic Peace
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: January 24, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI, Number 1 - Winter 2005/06

Democracies are peaceful countries?

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Herd Animals
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: October 19, 2005
This article appeared in: Vol. V, Number 4 - Fall 2005

Why does the Left so often abstain from defending not only American interests but the U.S. itself?

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Let Us Count the Ways
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: September 10, 2004
This article appeared in: Vol. IV, Number 4 - Fall 2004

A strategy for victory in the war on terrorism.

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War in the Absence of Strategic Clarity
By: Mark Helprin
Posted: September 17, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. III, Number 4 - Fall 2003

More than merely winning the war in Iraq, we needed to stun the Arab World.

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