A new issue of The Global Spiral is out. From The Observer, how far have we come in 80 years? Post-feminist backlash — or new dawn for equal rights?; and Barbie turns 50 next year: Should women be celebrating this anniversary — or turning their backs in disgust on one of the world's most popular dolls? A review of Night's Black Agents: Witches, Wizards and the Dead in the Ancient World by Daniel Ogden. Running the Government Printing Office (GPO) might not seem like it would attract the most adventurous of spirits, but in 35-year-old Maria Lefevre, GPO has a chief of staff who’s an adrenaline freak. A review of The Great Inflation and its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence by Robert J. Samuelson. A review of In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography by John Gartner. A review of Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles by Pierre Bayard. Dog unto others: Canines have sense of fairness. A review of The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory by Torkel Klingberg. A review of The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In by Hugh Kennedy and God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215 by David Levering Lewis. College for the few: More on Real Education by Charles Murray.

At the beginning of the century, the chances of socialism making a return looked close to zero; yet now, all around Europe, the red flag is flying again. From The Texas Observer, a review of The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan Burrough; and a review of Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11 by Jack G. Shaheen. A review of 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die by Tom Moon. A review of The Price of Truth: How Money Affects the Norms of Science by David B. Resnick. Laurie Frendich doesn’t see any value in agonizing over the morality of hooking up. From American Diplomacy, an article on defining terrorism: It shouldn’t be confused with insurgency. An excerpt from Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 by Jeffrey B. Perry. A review of Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity by Talal Asad. A review of From Colony to Superpower. U.S. Foreign Relations since 1776 by George C. Herring. The Remedist: Why John Maynard Keynes is the man of the year. Climate Change, now what? A big beat grows more challenging and complex. More and more and more and more on The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford. A review of Rights by Duncan Ivison.

Jane Junn (Rutgers) and Natalie Masuoka (Tufts): Asian American Identity: Shared Racial Status and Political Context. A review of Worlds before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform by Martin Rudwick. A review of Green, Inc.: An Environmental Insider Reveals How a Good Cause Has Gone Bad by Christine MacDonald. A review of Bush v. Gore: Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy by Charles L. Zelden. A review of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America by James Bamford. Is a government that ignores the sentiment of its people what the Founding Fathers had in mind? In a word, yes. Stylish restaurants are notoriously noisy, which is all well and good unless you find your dining partner interesting; David Jenkins investigates the aesthetics of buzz in the dining room. Get Lattes for David Remnick: Culture11's guide to getting a job in the media. An article on the fine art of literary rejection letters. Tailgating, violence, cheerleaders: Actually, NFL football is the most cerebral of sports. From Logos, epistemic convenience: An interview with Steve Fuller; and a review of J. D. Bernal: The Sage of Science by Andrew Brown. From The Hindu, historian of science Arthur I. Miller on his book about Nobel Laureate S. Chandrasekhar and the idea of creativity in science.

From Foreign Affairs, Walter Russell Mead on Change They Can Believe In: To Make Israel Safe, Give Palestinians Their Due; a review of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate History of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East by Martin Indyk; Roger Altman on The Great Crash, 2008: A Geopolitical Setback for the West; and a review of Fixing Global Finance by Martin Wolf. The introduction to The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-first Century by G. John Ikenberry, Thomas J. Knock, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Tony Smith. From Michigan War Studies Review, the 2008 George C. Marshall Lecture in Military History: "History, and the History of War" by John Shy. The first chapter from Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor by Ted Cohen. How Jewish is Hollywood? A poll finds more Americans disagree with the statement that "Jews control Hollywood", but here's one Jew who doesn't. A review of Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist by Bill Ayers. The Time of the Book: The chain bookstore, the bloated publishing house, and the specific corporate way of publishing are in peril. At magazines, it's 2.0 steps forward, 1.0 step back: The Web may be the future for magazine publishing, but in the present, ready revenue is winning out and Web writers are getting laid off left and right.