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April 30, 2007 Issue

Cover art by: Cover design: Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Books & the Arts

    Humboldt’s Gift

    The comic novel Measuring the World re-imagines the lives of two of the nineteenth century's greatest scientists.

    Mark M. Anderson

  • Mission Impossible

    Three Empires on the Nile, a lively retelling of Britain's colonial exploits in Africa, conjures up images of wild-eyed Arabs waging jihad in the desert.

    Maya Jasanoff

  • Inevitable Revolutions

    In William Dalrymple's The Last Mughal, the 1857 Uprising against British rule in India is recast as a cross-border friendship gone sour.

    Gyan Prakash
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