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September 26, 2005 Issue

Cover art by: Cover photo by Kyle Niemi/US Coast Guard/Getty Images, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Books & the Arts

    Out of Touch on ‘The OC’

    What makes Fox's The OC so addictive is its California-kissed story lines and appealing characters. But what is it about women the show doesn't understand?

    Christine Smallwood

  • America’s Imaginary Frontier

    America's narcissism and willful blindness to its own moral failings have been placed in sharp relief as the nation fitfully responds to the needs of storm victims.

    Norman Birnbaum

  • A Continent for the Taking

    What to make of The Constant Gardener, a movie focused on Europeans set in Africa, the return of Terry Gilliam and the New York City-set Keane?

    Stuart Klawans

  • Love and Betrayal in Colonial Africa

    Abdulrazak Gurnah's seventh book, Desertion, revisits the theme of exile and expands it to relationships---between lovers, between families, between countries.

    Laila Lalami

  • Robert Kaplan: Empire Without Apologies

    In his new book, Robert Kaplan proposes that the antidote to anarchy is empire, policed by soldiers holding an assault rifle in one hand and candy bars in the other.

    Andrew J. Bacevich

  • Desert Storm

    This might be a good time for the Bush Administration to step up its reading on Saudi Arabia, starting with these three books.

    Milton Viorst

  • Memorial Chauvinism

    The controversy over the World Trade Center cultural institutions is one more episode in a long, often bitter dispute over how 9/11 should be remembered and understood.

    Alisa Solomon
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