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Homo Americanus
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A Maine Childhood, Twice Told

A memoir of a girl’s Maine childhood considered by another Maine memoirist, with sixty years—and a class divide—separating the two.

The Chinese Slowdown
The Great Stall

Will China finish the economic transformation it has so successfully begun, or will it crash along the way?

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Reagan as History

Can any one biography do justice to the life and accomplishments of America’s fortieth President?

Plutocracy Watch
The Majestic Inequality of the Law

How large corporations subvert the legal process, sap the will of Congress, and sow distrust in American democracy.

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Notes from the Edge

William Perry’s new memoir aims to sound the alarm about a rebirth of the nuclear threat. But his book lacks the sensationalism that might have attracted a wider audience.

It’s the Political Economy Stupid
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“Corrupt” Foreign Investment in the 19th-Century United States

Studying the accusations of corruption levied against 19th-century British investment in America can provide grounds for comparing the past to the present—including today’s accusations of corruption against Chinese investment.

Countering ISIS
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ISIS vs. History

What the rise and fall of a 12th-century Islamic empire does (and doesn’t) tell us about the rise (and fall?) of ISIS.

Russia and the West
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The Myth of Russia’s Containment

Has the West always had it in for Russia? Hardly.

Retroview
Greater Than Gatsby

We ought to be borne back ceaselessly into Fitzgerald’s genius—and not just to his reputed masterwork.

Postmodern Times
Information Overload or a Search for Meaning?

Our society is supposedly drowning in a flood of information brought on by the frenzied pace of technological change. A tour through history, however, shows us that these concerns are nothing new.

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Hugging the News Cycle
AFTER ISIS

With the Iraqi government’s move to retake Kirkuk, it’s time for the U.S. to start planning for just how bad things could get.

Counting Carbon

The EIA projects US energy-related greenhouse gas emissions will continue to fall this year.

European Disunion

In forcing Catalonia to clarify its intentions on independence, Madrid is chipping away at the separatists’ facade of unity.

Development and Its Discontents

A new data dive offers mixed evidence, confirming some prevailing narratives and confounding others.

Echo Chamber Redux

Americans deserve in-depth commentary and analysis about the merits and faults of the Iran nuclear deal. They are not getting it.

Spy Games

Another disturbing chapter in the Obama-era spy wars.

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