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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.

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.

2016 And Beyond
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TV’s Antidote to Trump

David Simon’s under-appreciated Show Me a Hero offers hope that racial divides can be mended, and past injustices overcome.

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Turkey’s "NINO" Status

The days when NATO could command the loyalty of its members, necessitating that they handle disputes with co-parties discreetly, are long past.

Frack Baby Frack

We’re heading into uncharted waters, thanks to shale.

the family and the state

A U.K. death panel has forced parents to abandon hope for their baby’s life.

Game of Thrones

A Chinese spokesperson called for an end to joint drilling operations between Spain’s Repsol and Vietnam.

Pop!

Chinese consumers have more money than ever, and they still want to buy more real estate.

Shale 2.0

The industry is hurting from equipment and personnel shortages.

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