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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.

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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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Francis Robinson on ‘The Arabs’

What lessons can the West learn by examining the history of the Arab experience through the voices and eyes of Arabs themselves?

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Tony Platt on Rebecca Skloot’s Life of Henrietta Lacks

The strange and disturbing story of racist medical ethics and the “benevolent deception” practiced on a nearly forgotten woman who inadvertently continues to live posthumously.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Glen Newey on Amartya Sen’s ‘The Idea of Justice’

Is justice an ideal, forever beyond our grasp, or something that may actually guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives?

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


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