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Two Books Take On Tintin, Boy Reporter

Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” is in the postproduction stage—yet another sign that the appeal of Belgian cartoonist Hergé‘s Tintin is as timeless as his globe-trotting perma-adolescent wunderkind. However, as Pierre Assouline points out in his new book “Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin,” Tintin led a far more colorful life than his creator (born Georges Remi) did.

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Jeremy Bernstein on Garry Wills’ ‘Bomb Power’

Can the abuse of presidential power over the course of many administrations really be tied to the advent of nuclear weapons?

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Milton Viorst on the Emancipation of Europe’s Jews

A new book by Michael Goldfarb grapples with the fate of a people caught between hope and history.

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Peter Stothard on ‘The Poison King’

You’ve heard of Spartacus, but how many remember the notorious scourge of the Roman Empire, Mithradates, denounced as one of antiquity’s greatest terrorists and rebels?

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Eunice Wong on ‘Footnotes in Gaza’

Joe Sacco’s graphic treatment of the 1956 massacres of Palestinians by invading Israeli soldiers melds tough-minded journalism with philosophical reflection into a gut-wrenching banquet of a comic book.

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Allen Barra on Winston Churchill

Is there anything left to say about Churchill’s extraordinary life and turbulent times? If so, can it be said in the brief compass of Paul Johnson’s 192-page primer?

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Jane Ciabattari on Kurt Vonnegut

A wondrous new collection of previously unpublished vintage Vonnegut confirms his enduring and subversive ear for the absurd and the tragicomic.

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Tony Platt on Ishi—the Last of the Yahi

A new book by Douglas Cazaux Sackman gives us new ways of thinking about the last man “uncontaminated” by modernity and explores our continuing nostalgia for the “wilderness.”

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis on Dinosaurs

A revelatory new book by Scott D. Sampson, one of our leading dinosaur paleontologists, suggests we have much to learn about extinction, global warming and energy flow from the biological experience of the charismatic beasts that roamed the Earth more than 60 million years ago.

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Troy Jollimore on Karen Armstrong’s ‘The Case for God’

Have nonbelievers misunderstood, even as they have mocked, the very concept of God—a concept that has more to do with practice than belief?

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