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Days of Fire

October 21, 2013  | 

George W. Bush frequently told his critics that he would let history judge his actions. Five years have passed since he left office, and the bad news for President Bush is that here comes history. Peter Baker, a reporter for the New York Times, has just published Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the …

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A Book of Voyages

May 24, 2013  |  ,

One of the pleasures of the late Patrick O’Brian’s novels about the British navy during the age of sail is O’Brian’s enchantment with the fascinatingly diverse world we inhabit. Travel widely enough with him and you encounter sultans and pashas, geographical marvels and zoological specimens, bejeweled parasols, Hamlet’s grave, hussars, Cossacks — maybe even a …

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Obama’s War

October 5, 2010  | 

Teachers of the world, relax: Bob Woodward is here to tell us about verbs. One of the main themes of his new page-turner, Obama’s Wars, is the unending battle among the mucky-mucks and Pentagon brass over the correct action verb to describe the United States’ mission in Afghanistan. Helpfully, for purposes of retention, it is …

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Eating Animals

November 16, 2009  | 

The birth of his first child posed a painful quandary for novelist Jonathan Safran Foer: Would he serve turkey at his son’s first Thanksgiving? In “Eating Animals,” a work of nonfiction, Foer (author of “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”) confesses to a lifelong ambivalence toward eating meat. Yet he cherishes memories …

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Prime Green

February 13, 2007  | 

If the ’60s were a jungle, then Robert Stone wore camouflage. In his new memoir, Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties, the celebrated novelist comes across as mild, unobjectionable, and moderate (considering) – a man living in but not always of the era. Perhaps he was so steady because he was a veteran or maybe it …

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How the Press Learned to Cover Race

January 9, 2007  | 

Mainstream journalism in the US was late to the civil rights story – but powerful when it finally arrived. Much is made these days of media “bias,” but history shows that “balance” has its limits. In 1959 a group of Southern editors, hoping to divert attention from racial violence in their states, badgered the Associated …

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Moral Relativism Won’t Defeat Terrorists

August 16, 2002  | 

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — In the season finale this past spring of NBC’s “The West Wing,” President Jed Bartlet struggles to decide whether to order the assassination of the foreign minister of Qumari (a fictitious Middle Eastern state) who is a known terrorist. The climactic scene shows the president arguing against the idea with his no-nonsense …

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