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Books and Ideas

Books and Ideas news and analysis from The Nation

  • July 25, 2000

    A Devil Theory of Islam

    Judith Miller is a New York Times reporter much in evidence on talk shows and seminars on the Middle East.

    Edward W. Said

  • July 13, 2000

    A City That Worked

    The New York of 1945 was the victorious city of the New Deal and World War II, one that can barely be glimpsed today beneath postmodern towers and billboards for dot-com enterprises.

    Robert W. Snyder

  • July 13, 2000

    The Speed of Poetry

    When I visit the Poetry Publication Showcase, an annual display of the year's new poetry books at Poets House in Manhattan, I feel as if I've been granted a precious audience with Poetry itself.

    Jan Clausen

  • June 29, 2000

    The New World Order (They Mean It)

    The United States never held a large number of direct colonies, a fact that has prompted many political leaders to declare it the great exception to colonialism.

    Stanley Aronowitz

  • June 29, 2000

    George Smiley, Move Over

    "This is a story about a spy," writes Millicent Dillon in Harry Gold: A Novel.

    Elsa Dixler

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  • June 22, 2000

    African Heart, No Darkness

    A revealing question: Why has V.S. Naipaul come to be much better known in the West than the great African writer Chinua Achebe?

    James North

  • June 22, 2000

    The Devil and Mr. Hearst

    William Randolph Hearst is one of those people we all know was very, very famous but are never quite sure why, or what we are to think of him.

    Dana Frank

  • June 22, 2000

    The Devil in Mr. Marx

    At a quarter to 3 in the afternoon on March 14, 1883, one of the world's brainiest men, Karl Marx, ceased to think. He passed away peacefully in his favorite armchair.

    Andy Merrifield

  • June 15, 2000

    Second-Wave Soundings

    The women's liberation movement, as it was called in the sixties and seventies, was the largest social movement in the history of the United States--and probably in the world.

    Linda Gordon and Rosalyn Baxandall

  • June 15, 2000

    A Literature From Below

    The role of the public intellectual--and the moral onus, assuming that one exists--seems ever to thread the Scylla of celebrity and the Charybdis of marginality.

    Günter Grass