Alexander Cockburn edits the newsletter CounterPunch and writes columns for the Los Angeles Times and The Nation.

IN THE REVIEW

The Natural Artificer

P. G. Wodehouse: A Biography

by Frances Donaldson
Somewhat as if Robinson Crusoe tried to tell Man Friday about Yorkshire pudding, it’s hard to explain Wodehouse to the uninitiated. He evolved a comedy of manners and a mannered style that came into perfect fluency and equilibrium by the early Thirties. In the early Fifties that tautness of control …

The Myth of Missile Accuracy

At the heart of modern theories of nuclear strategy lies the premise of accuracy. The great debates of recent years—over the SALT II treaty, deployment of the MX missile, and the limited nuclear war scenarios most recently considered in Presidential Directive 59—all take for granted the assumption that a missile …

Apocalypse for Everyone

The Devil's Alternative

by Frederick Forsyth

The Fifth Horseman

by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
The White House is going to be a crowded place for the next couple of years, if these three novels—laboriously positioned on the borders between fiction and “real life”—are any guide to what lies ahead. At one end of the Oval Office, in Frederick Forsyth’s vision of 1982, we have …

Mr. P, Mrs. V, and Mr. T

Thy Neighbor's Wife

by Gay Talese
Poor Reich and the other crazies used to think that sex, proper orgasms, and so forth constituted a challenge to power, to the bourgeois order: a freer fuck means a freer world. Plodding along the trail marked out by the high priest of the orgone box comes Gay Talese with …

Gastro-Porn

Simple French Food

by Richard Olney

Mediterranean Cooking

by Paula Wolfert
They came and told one of the more recent dukes of Devonshire that in the interests of economy and general modern-mindedness Chatsworth really ought to dispense with the pastry chef. “What,” cried the duke, aghast. “Is a man no longer to be allowed his biscuit?” Somehow things never seem to …

Carter’s Powerless Energy Policy

National Energy Plan

by The Executive Office of the President, Energy Policy and Planning
The national energy program produced by President Carter and now dispatched to Congress for legislative action has been moderately well received. It is likely to go through many changes in the battles in Congress that lie ahead, but nearly everyone agrees that some form of over-all national strategy was needed, …

Selling the Sun

Space Colonies

by T.A. Heppenheimer

The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space

by Gerard O'Neill
In its most pessimistic rendering and to its most apocalyptic observers the energy crisis—omnipresent, irreversible—foretells the end of civilization. Slowly, but inevitably, the world will run out of natural gas, oil, uranium, coal. It is understood by all that modern man must move away from reliance on fossil fuel and …