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The Divine Comedy

We talk with Clive James, translator and cultural critic, about tackling Dante’s masterpiece. “Dante,” writes James, “was the first to put the scientific attitude into art.”

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Color Blind

Twelve years before Jackie Robinson began dismantling baseball’s racial barriers, an integrated team of five whites and six blacks played in Bismarck, N.D., and went on to win the national semipro championship.

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The Second Arab Awakening

Adeed Dawisha’s new book examines why democracy has historically failed to take hold in the Middle East, and contemplates the current and future role of Islamists.

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The Terror Courts

The details about the courts at Guantanamo Bay have remained sketchy. Until now, as a new book explains how a small group of Bush-era political appointees developed a parallel justice system designed to ensure a specific outcome.

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Digital Disconnect

“The ways capitalism works and does not work,” Robert McChesney writes in his new book, “determine the role the Internet might play in society. ... The problem is that [Internet] celebrants often believe digital technology has superpowers over political economy.”

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Sticks and Stones

Many of the adults interviewed by author Emily Bazelon “could access, with riveting clarity, a memory of childhood bullying. … These early experiences of cruelty were transformative, no matter which role you played in the memory reel.”

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Kill Anything That Moves

Nick Turse’s book about the Vietnam War exposes the sickness of the hyper-masculine military culture, the intoxicating rush and addiction of violence, and the massive government spin machine that lies daily to a gullible public and uses tactics of intimidation, threats and smear campaigns to silence dissenters.

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Fear Itself

Good and evil are inseparable in history: “Liberal democracy prospered because of an accommodation with racial humiliation,” writes Ira Katznelson in “Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time.”

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Rosa Parks: A Life

Nearly 60 years after the Montgomery Bus Boycott comes “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” the first scholarly biography of the woman who risked much and spoke little.

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Invisible Armies

In Max Boot’s magisterial account of insurgency and counterinsurgency across the ages, 12 lessons are derived from 5,000 years of guerrilla warfare.

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