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Can Anybody Play This Game?

American professional baseball is increasingly international in flavor, but its popularity overseas will remain limited.

Raider of the Lost Art

Two new books put Steven Spielberg on an undeserved pedestal.

Monopolizing History

How a Quaker lass invented the most famous board game in American history, and how a big, wolfish company came to own it.

Talking Dirty

How Culture Theory happened, and what it means.

Freedom’s Philosopher

Ernst Cassirer’s life and work may bear special interest to Americans in a time of trouble and uncertainty.

Liberté, Égalité, Laïcité?

The French don't like headscarves. John Bowen explains why.

Sizing Up Utopia

Martin Malia and Jay Winter examine utopians and the movements—major and minor—they spawned.

Funny Bones of Contention

Political humor is serious business.

The Age of Infallibility

Collisions of faith, philosophy and politics are endlessly interesting, as two new books illustrate.

The Stranger in Crawford

The literati scoffed at Albert Camus’ place on President Bush’s summer reading list. They misunderestimated them both.

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