Eulogizing Bob Silvers, the Greatest of Editors

Silvers had a keen perception for news, a superb sense of timing and a unique ability to recruit high-quality, professional writers in their fields.

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Robert (Bob) Silvers, who died this week, was the greatest editor of the elite American media. The magazine he founded and edited for more than 50 years, the New York Review of Books, is the voice of liberal...