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The Once and Future Macbeth

Verdi’s opera Macbeth showcases in thrilling music the crux of Shakespeare’s play: that humans have free will, and suffer the consequences.

The Lost Leviathan

Perry Anderson’s critique of liberal hegemony was written before Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in November of last year. And in a way, Trump’s election might serve as a vindication of Anderson’s attack.

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Racism and Incarceration
Locked In

“Racism” is the easy answer to the question of how America’s prisons got so full of African Americans. A new book offers a more complex and hopeful view.

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After the USSR
Russia’s Loss, Whose Gain?

A new book urging the West to reconcile with Russia gives too much credit to Russia and too little to the West.

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The Year of Ella
Stage Gone Long

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

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Korean War
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.

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American Business
Deconstructing Fraud

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

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Original Sins
A Race to Nowhere

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

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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.

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American Religion
Faithfully Civil

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

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