From H-Net, a review of The 'War on Terror' and the Framework of International Law. A review of Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the secret prisons. A review of Dangerous Nation by Robert Kagan. America, the world's arms pusher: No one is paying much attention to it, but our top export is the deadliest. The world as Shakespearean tragedy: Judging by the body count, modern global politics look headed for the bloody final act of a Bard tragedy.

A review of The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor by William Langewiesche (and more and more and more and more and more and an excerpt). From Jewcy, should we bomb Iran? Michael Freund and Justin Raimondo hash it out. Across the divide: Iran, in its effort to become a regional and global power, is reaching out across the Sunni-Shi'ite divide, exhorting Muslims worldwide to tolerate their differences — and march under one Islamic banner. David Remnick on why the Six-Day War is still being fought: A review of books. The professed goals of terrorists - - aspirations for equality or justice, for example - - may well be legitimate. However, the fact that terrorists act in isolation may actually set back their cause.

A Shining Model of Wealth Without Liberty: The Iraq war isn't over, but one thing's already clear: China won. A review of The Occupation to Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace by Ali A. Allawi. Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute of the Army will now oversee operations in Iraq and Afghanistan — the so-called war czar. But is it a title worth having? America wants progress reports. What’s lacking in Iraq is good information. Soldiers’ Stories: What fires up the journalists at Military Times is the vulnerability of the community they cover.

Online, GOP is playing catch-up, as Democrats get an edge on the Web (and more by Jeff Jarvis). Hello, I’m a Democrat: Meet the netroots activists who have moved online and into political office. A review of The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution by Neftali Bendavid. A review of No Retreat, No Surrender by Tom DeLay.

From The Politico, here a user's guide to Gore fever. Another book, another slide show, another global rock concert — another run? Al Gore has big plans. Where are you, Dream Candidate? Dream candidates always look, well, dreamy. Until they decide to run. Nader Redux: Should Dems fear Mike Gravel? Thirty years ago, he put the Pentagon Papers into the Senate record. Now he's back with a presidential campaign—and a bid to end the war before the election.

Should the libertarian Republican Ron Paul be kept out of the presidential debates? What Ron Paul said in this week's debate is utterly uncontroversial and true. If he was "blaming the victim" then he is in the company of many, many conservative pundits and intellectuals. And Land of the Giants: In the race for president, do the little people still matter?


Amis, boozer. Tynan, cold. Beckett, rubbish: A review of The Angry Years: the Rise and Fall of the Angry Young Men by Colin Wilson. A review of Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk (and more). Dave Eggers's What Is the What shows he has recovered from irony overload to tell a truly heartbreaking tale of a young man's journey from Africa to America.

A review of books by doctors who wield the pen to heal the profession. A thriller suggests Isaac Newton was murderously ambitious: A review of Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott. A geoscientific page-turner: German thriller Der Schwarm plants one foot firmly in real science, the other gets chewed by clairvoyant, needle-toothed methane worms. The (Other) Secret: The inverse square law trumps the law of attraction. The Secret's Success Micki McGee puts a progressive spin on the self-help bestseller. Think Negative!: Oprah, it's time to come clean about The Secret.

Safety and love first: An article on the politics of children’s literature and Barbara McClintock. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was Education Secretary Alan Johnson's favourite book at the age of 11. And it's on a list of the top 160 books for teenage boys. But is Mark Twain's tale relevant today? How his down-and-out Central Valley days gave Mark Twain his voice—and made him famous. The invention of America: Two books, Walt Disney: The Biography by Neal Gabler and The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney, illustrate how scenes from the life of Walt Disney have shaped how we all see Main Street, USA (and more).

Rhett, Scarlett and friends prepare for yet another encore: The second sequel to Gone With the Wind will be published this fall after years of setbacks. The Southernness of the South: An interview with Roy Blount, Jr., author of Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South.

From The Nation, over eighteen seasons and three presidential eras, The Simpsons has paid badly animated homage to all that sucks in America. Simon Maxwell Apter measures their impact; and Calvin Trillin pays tribute to Studs Terkel, a Chicago icon whose curiosity and generosity of spirit embraces everyone, without regard to rank or station. From PopMatters, an article on America's Most Policed Art Form: The rise of the informal mixtape economy. Roll Over, iPod: There's nothing like a genuine jukebox.

From Smithsonian, Blues Alley: How Chicago became the blues capital of the world. Billy Taylor has made a career of trying to prove that jazz still has an audience. But does it? An interview with T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, author of Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women. A review of Third Coast: Outkast, Timbaland & How Hip-Hop Became a Southern Thing. When the sounds were a-changin': A review of White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s by Joe Boyd. The life and loves of a he-devil: Marilyn Manson talks sex, death and make-up. And Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog: How the rock ‘n’ roll life became a desk job


From The New Yorker, Angels and Ages: Adam Gopnik on Lincoln’s language and its legacy; and O Lucky Man! Nicholas Lemann reviews The Reagan Diaries. A review of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989 by Michael Beschloss (and an excerpt). Gay in D.C. during the height of McCarthyism: A review of Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon (and more). Alan Brinkley reviews Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years by David Talbot (and more). A review of Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. An interview with R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., author of The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President's Life After the White House.

From The Texas Observer, Being Warren Chisum: Inside the mind of the state's most powerful fundamentalist. The death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell highlighted the evangelical Christian movement’s recent evolution. Down, but Maybe Not Out: Seeing the persistence of the conservative movement through two of its most recent fallen — Paul Wolfowitz and Jerry Falwell. Church and State: Frances FitzGerald on how Jerry Falwell shaped American society. Frank Rich on the Reverend Falwell's heavenly timing. A review of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion.

A review of On Conscience and more and more on Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI. A review of The Power and the Glory: Inside the Dark Heart of John Paul II's Vatican. What does a girl have to do to get excommunicated? Catholic officials keep threatening to excommunicate pro-choice politicians and activists like Frances Kissling. She thinks they're bluffing, and canon law is on her side.


From Post-Autistic Economics Review, Arjo Klamer (Erasums), Deirdre McCloskey (UIC), and and Stephen Ziliak (Roosevelt): Is There Life after Samuelson’s Economics? Changing the Textbooks; Edward Fullbrook (UWE): Narrative Pluralism; and should countries aspire to a high score for “economic freedom”? pdf.

A review of The Origin of the History of Science in Classical Antiquity. A review of Eriugena, Berkeley, and the Idealist Tradition. From Kritika & Kontext, no translator can translate equally well. A lot gets lost in translation. Some languages don't translate well. These are just some of the translator's dirty secrets.

From Sign and Sight, the press is a public resource: Philosopher Jürgen Habermas argues for state support for quality newspapers. The intellectual ties that bind: Lisa Jardine on the history of shared intellectual activity between the US and Europe. A tale of scholarly pugilists: An Oxford Blue recognises the pleasure of thumping Cambridge boys in Blue Blood, a film about boxing at Oxford University.

Christian law schools springing up: With an explicitly Christian worldview, these students want to leave their mark on the law. Don’t Be Afraid of Committees: Graduate students have much to learn by getting involved in academic governance. The Closing of the University Commons: Lewis F. Powell and his followers knew that tightening the financial screws on the universities would serve to make the higher education fall into line. Battling Term-Paper Cheats: As more students turn to online paper mills for help, schools are fighting back with their own high-tech methods of detecting cheats. Are they overreacting?

From HNN, an article on rediscovering American conservatism again. From Wired, why famous counterfactual historian Niall Ferguson loves making history with games. A gentlemanly game that became a monster: A review of Why Beauty Is Truth by Ian Stewart.

From Scientific American, Going beyond X and Y: Babies born with mixed sex organs often get immediate surgery. New genetic studies should force a rethinking about sex assignment and gender identity; The Traveler's Dilemma When playing this simple game, people consistently reject the rational choice. In fact, by acting illogically, they end up reaping a larger reward—an outcome that demands a new kind of formal reasoning; a look at 10 animals that may go extinct in the next 10 years; and so what do you make of an idea like Pleistocene rewilding? The man who lost himself: Jeff Ingram rebuilt his life after suffering total amnesia. Then it happened again. The no-frills thrill: How value engineering governs your life more than you know

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