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Homo Americanus
A Maine Childhood, Twice Told

A memoir of a girl’s Maine childhood considered by another Maine memoirist, with sixty years—and a class divide—separating the two.

The Chinese Slowdown
The Great Stall

Will China finish the economic transformation it has so successfully begun, or will it crash along the way?

historical arcs
Reagan as History

Can any one biography do justice to the life and accomplishments of America’s fortieth President?

Plutocracy Watch
The Majestic Inequality of the Law

How large corporations subvert the legal process, sap the will of Congress, and sow distrust in American democracy.

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Notes from the Edge

William Perry’s new memoir aims to sound the alarm about a rebirth of the nuclear threat. But his book lacks the sensationalism that might have attracted a wider audience.

It’s the Political Economy Stupid
“Corrupt” Foreign Investment in the 19th-Century United States

Studying the accusations of corruption levied against 19th-century British investment in America can provide grounds for comparing the past to the present—including today’s accusations of corruption against Chinese investment.

Countering ISIS
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ISIS vs. History

What the rise and fall of a 12th-century Islamic empire does (and doesn’t) tell us about the rise (and fall?) of ISIS.

Russia and the West
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The Myth of Russia’s Containment

Has the West always had it in for Russia? Hardly.

Greater Than Gatsby

We ought to be borne back ceaselessly into Fitzgerald’s genius—and not just to his reputed masterwork.

Postmodern Times
Information Overload or a Search for Meaning?

Our society is supposedly drowning in a flood of information brought on by the frenzied pace of technological change. A tour through history, however, shows us that these concerns are nothing new.

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Crude Economics

If the Saudis don’t bite the bullet next month, the cartel’s relevance will fade significantly.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

Higher Ed Shake Up

New low-cost programs are carving out a critical space in the U.S. higher education system.


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Blue Model Blues

Kicking the can down the road is turning into a hobby for PA lawmakers.

Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

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