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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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Inequality
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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Justin Sullivan
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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Retroview
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.

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Globalization
The Iceberg Cometh

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

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Identity and Art
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.

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Asia's Game of Thrones
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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Thrillers
The Way We Live Now

George Walden’s “Tony Underwood” trilogy reveals truths only fiction can tell.

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Panglossian Harmony
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.

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Out Like Flynn
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.

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