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book image Looking Back
Looking Back
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In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Russell Baker looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past.

book image The Struggle for Iran
Struggle for Iran
Christopher de Bellaigue
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Who rules Iran, and how secure is their grip on a young and restless society? How should the world respond to allegations that the Islamic Republic is building nuclear weapons and supporting terrorists? Bellaigue addresses these and other questions in this essential guide to a nation that is certain to be in the headlines for some time to come.

book image The Secret Way To War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War's Buried History
Secret Way To War
Mark Danner
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An award-winning investigative journalist evaluates the controversial American and British stratagem for the Iraq war.

book image Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror
Torture and Truth
Mark Danner
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Read together, these memos and reports should make us confront, as a democratic society, the urgent questions that Mark Danner poses in this book, and that remain unanswered: Does fighting a "new kind of war" on terror justify torture? Who will we hold responsible for deciding to pursue such a policy, and what will be the moral and political costs to the country?

book image Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11
Fixed Ideas
Joan Didion
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Joan Didion describes how, since September 11, 2001, there has been a determined effort by the administration to promote an imperial America—a "New Unilateralism"—and how, in many parts of America, there is now a "disconnect" between the government and citizens.

book image Fear and Loathing in George W. Bush's Washington
Fear and Loathing
Elizabeth Drew
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Russell Baker in his preface writes: "In Washington an age of moral and philosophical sterility is deeply entrenched, and as Elizabeth Drew's reporting attests, the result is not pretty. "

book image A Handbook on Hanging
Handbook on Hanging
Charles Duff
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With barbed insouciance, Charles Duff writes not only of hanging but of electrocution, decapitations, and gassings; of innocent men executed and of executions botched; of the bloodlust of mobs and the shabby excuses of the great.
Contributors: Christopher Hitchens

book image The Supreme Court Phalanx: The Court's New Right-Wing Bloc
Supreme Court Phalanx
Ronald Dworkin
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Ronald Dworkin analyzes the partisan decisions of the current Supreme Court and argues that Justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas have created a conservative alliance bent on rewriting constitutional law, leaving past decisions on issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and campaign financing vulnerable to reversal in the next several years.

book image The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics
Reckless Mind
Mark Lilla
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How can intellectuals, who should be alert to the evils of tyranny, betray the ideals of freedom and independent inquiry? How can they take positions that, implicitly or not, endorse oppression and human suffering on a vast scale?

book image Miami and the Siege of Chicago
Miami and the Siege of Chicago
Norman Mailer
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1968 was one of the most tumultuous years in American politics and society, the effects of which reverberate today. Norman Mailer was on the ground, covering Nixon's relentlessly stage-managed nomination in Miami as well as the Democratic convention in Chicago—where the violence at the heart of the American dream exploded on the streets.
Contributors: Frank Rich

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