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November 5, 2007 Issue

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  • Books & the Arts

    The Cinema of Terror

    Three new films–Rendition, The Kingdom and Redacted–take on the clash of civilizations. How does the “war on terror” look on the big screen?

    Christine Smallwood

  • Gracelands

    The taint of an unjust war tarnishes the lives of Vietnam-era Americans in Denis Johnson’s stunning new novel.

    Keith Gessen

  • Godzilla in Mexico

    Listen carefully, my son: bombs were falling over Mexico City but no one even noticed. The air carried poison through the streets and open windows.

    Roberto Bolaño

  • The Imperfectionist

    Reconsidering the life and legacy of avant-garde artist and poet Francis Picabia.

    Barry Schwabsky

  • Big Red Checkbook

    America’s foreign-policy establishment is struggling to find an appropriate response to China’s soft power.

    John Feffer

  • Father of History

    Bettina Aptheker’s recent memoir has incited fierce debate over her father s legacy.

    Christopher Phelps

  • Ink-Stained Marx

    A look at the cantankerous dispatches he wrote as London correspondent for the New York Tribune puts the father of communism in a new light.

    James Ledbetter
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  • Letters


    Our readers weigh in on Marvin Kitman’s paean to Keith Olbermann and continue to react to “The Other War,” by Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian.

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