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The Year of Ella
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Stage Gone Long

A consideration of Ella Fitzgerald’s best performance in her centennial year.

Korean War
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Reservoir Doggedness

The risky tactics and subzero temperatures of the Chosin Reservoir campaign reappear in Jeff Shaara’s new novel of the Korean War. It is a tale of hubris, racism, and the extremes of human endurance.

American Business
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Deconstructing Fraud

An admirable new history of fraud and regulation in the United States reveals the truth about the lies.  

Original Sins
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A Race to Nowhere

Were Jim Crow and American eugenics laws the models for Nazi race law?

Inequality
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Luck, Chance, and Taxes

Luck has more to do with economic success than Americans like to believe. Robert Frank’s new book challenges us to reckon honestly with fortune, and what it means for social policy.

American Religion
Justin Sullivan
Faithfully Civil

A worthy appeal for that old-time (civil) religion, but one that is likely to be disappointed.

Retroview
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Through the Mist

Lord Robert Vansittart took the measure of Germany in the 20th century before most of his peers. His writings may foreshadow the dangers of Russia in the 21st.

Globalization
The Iceberg Cometh

It’s a new convergence of the twain: The iceberg of anti-globalism approaches the ship of Western democracy.

Identity and Art
Paramount Pictures
The Mists of Scorsese’s Silence

The auteur’s latest offering, decades in the making, provides a meditative look at adventure, faith, cultural clashes, and redemption.

Asia's Game of Thrones
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The Pacific Power

Michael Green’s By More Than Providence is an insightful study—combining theory, history, and experience—of American grand strategy in Asia. It’s also a practical guide for extending American influence and power in the region.

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Fault Lines

The situation in Cyprus has lately tracked closely with Turkey’s attitude to the West. As relations deteriorate, watch things get uglier.

right-wing PC

As a minority, and a minority that historically has often been unpopular, Jews have a structural interest in the protection of minority rights.

Petrostates in Peril

Economic growth is predictably sluggish for petrostates.

American Balkanization

Pew data point to one of the core ironies of liberal politics today.

Rage Against the Machine

The Palestinians want international sympathy. But rioting over metal detectors after a terrorist attack seems more likely to draw international contempt.

Revolution

A Schlumberger surge is a good sign for the health of the U.S. shale industry.

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