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June 9, 2008 Issue

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  • Editorials

    J. Edgar Hoover, Author

    A new book reveals the FBI Director's distinctive relationship with his publisher.

    Jon Wiener

  • The Culture War Disarmed

    This time, Democrats won't be losing the culture war.

    Richard Kim

  • Noted.

    Sam Adams shakes up Portland; the House votes for peace; we offer kudos to Kors and send get-well wishes to Ted Kennedy.

    the Editors

  • The Appeasement Card

    Despite the Bush/McCain snake oil on Mideast policy, Obama can make the case that talking to your enemies isn't the same as appeasing Hitler.

    the Editors


  • Books and the Arts

    Tight Corners

    When Richard Price moves from the urban ruins of New Jersey to the gentrified Lower East Side of Lush Life, things get complicated.

    Elaine Blair

  • Beyond Belief

    Can the wall between church and state balance the principles of neutrality and accomodation?

    Jeff Sharlet

  • The Power Conundrum

    After railing against non-violent intervention in the face of genocide, Samantha Power rethinks her stand.

    Michael Massing

  • In the Lost Realm of the Real

    Michael Dibdin's detective Zen series sounds a melancholy note for an old Italy rife with political enemies.

    Carl Bromley

  • Searching for Traces

    There was little enthusiasm for revisiting the camps in Communist Hungary. Author Imre Kertész refracts that reluctance in fictional form.

    Ruth Scurr

  • The Reminder-General

    Tony Judt fears the twenty-first century has spawned a culture hell- bent on forgetting the past.

    Stefan Collini

  • Dead Letters

    Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig saw himself as a Freud of fiction--a fellow spelunker in the caverns of the heart.

    William Deresiewicz

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