Barbara E. Armacost (Virginia): Interrogation after 9/11: The Law on the Books and the Law on the Ground. From Homeland Security Affairs, David Tucker (NPS): Terrorism, Networks, and Strategy: Why the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong; an article on paramilitary terrorism, a neglected threat; and a review of Catastrophe: Risk and Response by Richard Posner. Here's the full text of War Inc. by Seymour Melman. A review of Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear by Jonathan Simon. From Government Executive, a special issue on the top government contractors. Show respect for women, ban contraception: Has Humanae Vitae's proscription against contraception been vindicated? From the Journal of Consciousness Studies, a review of A Phenomenology of Love and Hate by Peter Hadreas; and hitting on consciousness: Honderich Versus McGinn. From THES, a review of Trust: Self-Interest and the Common Good by Marek Kohn. Why is philosophy as a subject such a fizzer in schools, asks Laura Parker. No veritas in this vino: Robert Goldstein's research involved entering bogus wines into competitions, in order to expose lack of standards in the industry. Leaving Guyland: Peter Pans aren't as happy as they seem. A review of The Godfather of Tabloid by Jack Vitek.
A new issue of Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion is out. From Radar, more on the worst colleges in America (from their "College Week" special section). From Miller-McCune, a call on the professorial classes to help check abuses of governmental power and to start confronting the Alberto Gonzaleses of the world before they wreak havoc. From The Hedgehog Review, an interview with E. J. Dionne, Jr. From ISSR, a debate on abolishing vs. preserving the Electoral College. More on Dee Dee Myers’ Why Women Should Rule the World. From History Now, a special issue on "books that changed history". An interview with James Howard Kunstler on deconstructing the human habitat. From malaprops (the "wonton" aggression of the Chinese) to mondegreens, "Excuse me while I kiss this guy" (Hendrix): An excerpt from Can I Have a Word With You? by Howard Richler. What does George W. Bush really think about former rival McCain, the fall campaign and his own presidential legacy? A review of The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind. The world’s "best" car bombers: An interview with ex-CIA agent Robert Baer on terror, Iran, and Hezbollah. A review of Walter Benjamin's On Hashish. A review of Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today by Shannon Gilreath.
The latest issue of The Little Magazine is online. From Commentary, how to manage savagery: The clash of civilizations has now, in the case of Islam, become primarily a clash within; and a review of books on Jews and their DNA. From NS, the genes of a European person can be enough to pinpoint their ancestry down to their home country, claim two new studies. A review of Europe: A Nietzschean Perspective by Stefan Elbe. From Foreign Policy, think Russia is the big winner in Georgia? Think again. BHL on Georgia, Russia and Europe. From Anarchy, a review of Endgame, Volumes I & II by Derrick Jensen; and an article on anti-imperialism, yet another statist ideology. Zadie Smith reviews The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head: Franz Kafka: A Biographical Essay by Louis Begley, more on Excavating Kafka by James Hawes, and so what if Kafka enjoyed porn? From The Walrus, a look at the complexities of queer parenthood. Conservatives finally learned that sheer moralizing doesn't keep teens from having sex; now they have a creepy new tactic. From The Believer, Rolf Potts on the Henry Ford of Literature: How one of the most prolific publishers in US history ended up floating dead in his swimming pool — possibly murdered by the FBI; and a look at how public-access and David Letterman informed the weirdest show ever aired.