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Thrillers
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The Way We Live Now

George Walden’s “Tony Underwood” trilogy reveals truths only fiction can tell.

Panglossian Harmony
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All for the Best

City Opera’s revived production of Candide is a bleak, and hilarious, musical comedy—equal parts light opera and brutal savaging thereof.

Out Like Flynn
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Field of Fright

It’s hard to think of a worse fit for the job of National Security Advisor than Michael Flynn—and that assessment has nothing to do with any of his alleged contacts with Russian officials.

War on the Silver Screen
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Hollywood’s Afghanistan

War movies can only be as serious as the wars they depict—and only as serious as we Americans are about fighting them.

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Opening Up the Hermit Kingdom

Can increasing the flow of information into North Korea lead to regime change?

Ruling Britannia
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The Invisible Prime Minister

Clement Attlee was a much better politician, and a much more learned man, than popular memory gives him credit for.

The Rosebud Blooms
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More Able Than Kane

Yes, Citizen Kane is great, but that’s not the half of it. The more Orson Welles was forced to improvise and budget down, the better he got.

Religious Freedom
America’s Village Atheists

How the history of atheism in America illuminates the country’s religious, and irreligious, future.

Letter from Arequipa
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Mario Vargas Llosa and His Authoritarians

What Conrad achieved in Nostromo, Vargas Llosa matches in Cinco Esquinas, which describes 1990s Peru under strongman President Alberto Fujimori and his Rasputin-like palace adviser.

Ad Men
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Selling the Good News

Two television dramas about the advertising business—one recent and the other from the 1980s—show us how much American society has changed.

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Unenforceable

Shocker! Who could have imagined?

Security of Supply

Not much, it turns out.

fighting the future

Some creative Italians have found a way to beat their country’s job-destroying Euro woes—and the powers that be have immediately organized to crush it.

the Supremes

A nuclear response would be necessary to save the Supreme Court as an institution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

More wages from Obama’s vaunted Pivot to Asia.

Golden State Blues

California’s high-end housing market is one of the most attractive for America’s rich. The market for starter homes? Not so much.

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