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Christopher Hitchens: A Jingo in Every Essential Way

With the onset of the Iraq invasion, there was an abrupt change not just in Hitchens’ tone, but in his authorial voice. Hitchens emerged a convinced American nationalist, deploying a full tonal diapason—from hysteria to triumphalism, with the scale calibrated by braggadocio.

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An Operation, Not an Aberration

Even as the My Lai massacre has become the subject of numerous books and articles, all the other atrocities perpetrated by U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War have essentially vanished from popular memory, TomDispatch associate editor Nick Turse writes in “Kill Anything That Moves.”

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Asking Coca-Cola About Coca Has Never Been Easy

In “A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola,” Ricardo Cortés shares the fruit of six years’ worth of research into the connection between Coca-Cola and the coca leaf of South America.

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How the Rentier Class Cannibalizes the Economy

Rather than mobilizing savings to fund new industries, the banking system that comprises the financial, insurance and real estate sectors merely loads the economy down with debt.

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Death’s New Context

In this excerpt from the foreword to “Stranger to History,” Aatish Taseer reflects on the political assassination of his father in Pakistan last year and how the message of his book, published in the U.K. in 2009 and recently in the U.S., is even more relevant today.

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Better Than We Found It

“Better Than We Found It” explains dozens of complex and entrenched issues that plague today’s world and applies a thoughtful and straightforward approach to problem solving.

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How Bad Things Are

In March 2009 Ben Bernanke, normally neither the most cheerful nor the most poetic of men, waxed optimistic about the economic prospect. After the fall of Lehman Brothers six months earlier, America had entered a terrifying economic nosedive. But appearing on the TV show “60 Minutes,” the Fed chairman declared that spring was at hand.

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How the Stimulus Revived the Electric Car

Until the economic stimulus package was passed in 2009, the manufacture of electric cars and their batteries in the United States was nearly nonexistent.

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Can I Help You?

In this excerpt from Lauren B. Davis’ new novel, “Our Daily Bread,” an elderly woman encounters two troubled boys and the question of whether we ever do enough to help others.

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God of the Oppressed

In this excerpt from “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” James H. Cone writes that the gospel is found wherever the wronged struggle for justice.

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