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Passive Defiance
Could Iran Democratize?

Yes, and sooner than you might think, argues Misagh Parsa in a thoughtful book on the state of dissent inside Iran.

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Dangerous Border
How the Migration Industry Fuels the Extortion Industry

If the Mexican border tells us anything beyond partisan dispute, it is that welcoming more migrants will require more policing.

Jon Berkeley, 2011
America's Institutions
Build Them Up, Don’t Let Them Down

America’s institutions have traded their formative virtues for performative outrage. In his new book, Yuval Levin argues that it’s up to us to rebuild them.

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Crime and Punishment
The Double Life of Aaron Hernandez

Netflix’s Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez is a cautionary tale about self-deception and moral passivity.

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In Hoffa's Shadow
The Real Irishman

Jack Goldsmith’s new book is a courageous, poignant, and personal portrait of Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien—the man long-rumored to have had a hand in disappearing Jimmy Hoffa.

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European Disunion
Three Colors and the Fracturing of Europe

Released at a time of enormous hope for the European project, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s classic film trilogy has much to tell us now that so many of those hopes are fading.

Trump's America
The New, Rotten Normal

A new book convincingly argues that Trump has altered the institution of the presidency in irreversible ways.

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How to Build a Nation
A Certain Idea of Charles de Gaulle

Julian Jackson’s splendid biography captures the stubborn power of the statesman who willed postwar France into being, constructing a national identity that was both sovereigntist and cosmopolitan.

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Constitutional Crisis?
Civil Rights and Wrongs

Charles Fain Lehman weighs in on Christopher Caldwell’s Age of Entitlement—a provocative but flawed critique of the civil rights movement.

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revolt of the elites
Andrew Yang’s War on Meritocracy

The dark horse presidential candidate has a vision, a message, and an admirable ability to imagine a better politics. Unfortunately for him, we don’t actually live in the world he describes.

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