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Life-Defining Poetry

Maureen N. McLane’s deeply personal and eccentric “My Poets” is a meditation on the works that have “most marked” her by Chaucer, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Emily Dickinson, Shelley and Louise Gluck.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE


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Reagan and Hoover, Sittin’ in a Tree

“Subversives” shows how the two men and their allies sabotaged the careers of law-abiding citizens, defended reckless police violence and exploited an appalling double standard in the political use of FBI intelligence.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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From a Refugee Camp to the Olympics

Lopez Lomong had never heard of the games when he tagged along with friends in Kenya to watch the 2000 Sydney races on a grainy, black-and-white TV powered by a car battery. Now, he’ll run the 5,000-meter for the U.S. in London.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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The Courage of Conscience

“Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times” tells the stories of unlikely dissenters who were not radicals, but rather ordinary people compelled to act when the system they believed in went terribly wrong.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



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A Democracy Ahead of Its Time

A new biography, “Patriot of Persia,” sympathizes with Muhammad Mossadegh (1882-1967) in his attempt to reform Iran but does not let him off the hook for its failure.

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Life’s Creative Recipe

Developmental biologist Enrico Coen argues in “Cells to Civilizations” that just seven principles underlie the process by which the embryo is formed, as well as evolution, cognition and human culture.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Tricks of the Trade

“Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain” offers a clear picture of the sordid relationship that existed between the Murdoch press, the police and senior politicians.

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The Performance of Peace

Can theater help heal the wounds of war? With case studies from the Balkans, Uganda, Sri Lanka, India, Israel, Cambodia and others, “Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, Vol. 1” answers with a powerful “yes.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



The Righteous Road to Ruin

Jonathan Haidt, who believes we are hard-wired to be selfish, mistakes conformity and obedience to authority for the moral life in his new book, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



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How to Build a Quagmire

If you’re wondering how $31 billion of U.S. taxpayer money could be lost to fraud and waste in Afghanistan and Iraq, “Funding the Enemy: How U.S. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban” by Douglas A. Wissing is for you.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE


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