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Books and Ideas

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  • January 2, 1998

    The Apparatchiks

    What price is Poland paying for its Stalinist heritage?

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Stalin’s Grandchildren

    "At the burial of communism too many people want to jump from the coffin into the funeral procession." The Polish author of these lines tried to convey the idea that the former practitioners now

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    The Revolution Seen Through a Glass Darkly

    A film beginning with a shot of a little boy being beaten for not having learned the Declaration of the Rights of Man by heart, and closing in the overwhelming shadow of the guillotine, provides

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Fact or Fiction?

    Jacques Attali, until June 25 the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development but for years the French President's personal assistant, cannot be too happy with the reason he

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Death of a Legendary Hero

    The riots of 1968 are bound to change the way that history views the political career of Charles de Gaulle.

    Daniel Singer

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  • January 1, 1998

    The Sound and the Furet

    History may not have come to a stop in 1989, but the public is still under the spell of the counterpoint in Francis Fukuyama's famous exercise in propaganda: Capitalism is eternal because there i

    Daniel Singer

  • October 16, 1997

    Allen Weinstein’s Docudrama

    Let's start with the Random House press release, replete with "Praise for Perjury"--a reissue of Allen Weinstein's book on the Hiss-Chambers case.

    Victor Navasky

  • May 22, 1997

    The Marching Saint

    Staughton Lynd, although he would never admit it, is one of the visible saints of the modern American left.

    Paul Buhle

  • August 14, 1995

    Mythologizing the Bomb

    The beauty of the atomic scientists' calculations hid from them the truly Faustian contract they scratched their names to.

    E.L. Doctorow

  • November 21, 1994

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