From NYRB, Tony Judt on the "problem of evil" in postwar Europe; and a review of books on Israel. Most likely to secede: When it comes to the Union, a small but growing cadre of Vermonters want out. A review of The Genius of America by Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes; A More Perfect Constitution by Larry J. Sabato; and Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution by Woody Holton. The black box economy: Behind the recent bad news lurks a much deeper concern: The world economy is now being driven by a vast, secretive web of investments that might be out of anyone's control. The boiling frog syndrome is a grisly metaphor, but it's apt. A review of The Christian World: A Global History by Martin E. Marty. What are historians doing when they explain things? Rachel Leow investigates. From TLS, a review of Graham Greene: A Life in Letters; and a review of Germaine Greer's Shakespeare's Wife. From Electronic Book Review, what was postmodernism? Brian McHale investigates. An excerpt from The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse by Richard Thompson Ford (and more). Slate introduces The Root, an online magazine on black politics, culture and history. From Good, an article on Joel Osteen and God, without the fuss. Religion within reason: An article on Pope Benedict’s critique of Islam.

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