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David Kipen on ‘Freedom’s Orator’

Robert Cohen succeeds in drawing Mario Savio back into the historical spotlight, though his biography of the 1960s student firebrand is stingy with details.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


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André Naffis-Sahely on Mahmoud Darwish

André Naffis-Sahely looks at three volumes—“A River Dies of Thirst,” “Mural” and “If I Were Another”—that helped make poet/author Mahmoud Darwish a pillar of Palestinian literature.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Zachary Karabell on ‘Capitalism and the Jews’

Jerry Z. Muller, a leading historian of capitalism, provides in his provocative new book a fresh look at a subject that, to say the least, has been both thoroughly misunderstood and a forbidden, even taboo, topic.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Carol Tavris on Barbara Ehrenreich’s Crusade

In her recent book, Barbara Ehrenreich takes on the excesses, delusions and unsupported promises of the positive-thinking movement, tracking both its naive and its corrupt manifestations in the worlds of health, business, religion and psychology.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Peter Stothard on Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens reveals a life in contradictions in “Hitch-22,” a brilliant memoir that is at turns comic, self-deflating and sexually frank.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Steve Wasserman on the Scourge of Czarist Russia

Lesley Blanch’s “The Sabres of Paradise” tells the illuminating story of Shamyl, the Imam of Daghestan, whose 25-year fight against the Russian empire left a half-million dead, and lessons still to be learned in wars from Chechnya to Afghanistan.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Anthony Kenny on ‘Atheist Delusions’

Can traditional Christianity survive the assault of its critics? Has it really been misunderstood and slandered by its cultural despisers?

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Fred Branfman on ‘The Big Short’

Author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book takes us inside capitalism’s “doomsday machine,” and it’s your worst nightmare come true.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Alexander M. Martin on Dominic Lieven’s ‘Russia Against Napoleon’

Using previously inaccessible material from the Russian archives, historian Dominic Lieven offers the truest picture yet of the war made famous in Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Troy Jollimore on Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

In a short and powerful manifesto, renowned philosopher and critic Martha Nussbaum issues a passionate call to resist persistent efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


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