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Pop Idols
Clapton and the Devil Blues

A new biography of Eric Clapton tells a quintessential ’60s story—and a didactic tale of how suffering can lead to redemption.

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Identity Crisis
Immigration and the Logic of Liberalism

A new book on immigration claims to offer an economic argument against open borders. Instead, it offers a cultural argument against modern liberalism.

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Working It Out
Hard Work

A new book on the future of work offers some insightful reporting, but is crippled by a strong case of confirmation bias.

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The New Battlefield
Chronicles of the Meme War

A new book offers a revealing look into how social media has been “weaponized” by nefarious actors—even if it doesn’t show how the genie can be put back into the bottle.

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Sartre on the Tube
The Afterlife Will Be Televised

Two quirky comedies about death translate the gloom of French existentialism to the cheerier realm of American television.

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The Secret World
An Intelligent History

Christopher Andrew’s The Secret World shows us how the intelligence business is consistently underrated by politicians, military leaders, and historians.

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Technocracy and Democracy
The Taming of the Few

In his new book, ex-central banker Paul Tucker explores the legitimacy crisis of the regulatory state—and argues that with great unelected power comes great democratic responsibility.

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Phony Philanthropy
Change You Can’t Believe In

A new book argues that our technocratic elite have succumbed to a “new faith” that promises worldly utopia but instead perpetuates injustice. Perhaps they might take lessons from an older one.

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Retroviews
Fromm 1941 to Now

Sometimes even flawed books have their merits. Take Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom

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Soft Despotism
The Bulverizing of the American Mind

A new book by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff gives good advice but undermines its entire project in the process.

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