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Homo Americanus
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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
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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
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“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.

Retroview
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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Asia's Game of Thrones

Time will tell if this strategy will backfire, generating more pushback from potential allies like South Korea.

Not Dead Yet

But this weekend’s protests, impressive as they were, are a long way from constituting a lasting threat to Putin’s power.

Crude Economics

OPEC and co. hardly have a choice in the matter.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China is moving closer to replacing the United States as a key Pakistani ally.

The Future

Here’s some fodder for your next dinner party.

Psy-ops

Hint: It involves leaflets, psy-ops, and calls from Mom.

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