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Post-Election Reading

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in CrisisBy J. D. VanceHarperCollins, New York, 2016 The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott WalkerBy Katherine J. CramerUniversity of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2016 Before … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ideas That Conquered the World

The Ideas That Conquered the WorldBy Michael MandelbaumPublicAffairs, New York, NY, 2002 The Ideas That Conquered the World was published with some fanfare in 2002, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. I can’t remember how long it’s … Continue reading

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Coup in Egypt

What happened in Egypt yesterday is deeply disturbing. Whenever a democratically elected government, however rotten or reviled, is overthrown by a military coup, it’s a setback for the country and for democracy. The world cheered when the Mubarak regime was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End of Power

The End of PowerBy Moisés NaímBasic Books, New York, 2013 Moisés Naím uses a lot of words that start with “d” to describe what’s happening to power these days; dilution, dissipation, disruption, diffusion, and decay. The full title of his … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Presidents Club

The Presidents Club:  Inside the World’s Most Exclusive FraternityBy Nancy Gibbs and Michael DuffySimon & Schuster, New York, 2012 Zillions of books have been written about individual US presidents and their times in office; biographies, autobiographies, histories, and critiques.  The … Continue reading

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