From the latest issue of Policy Review, Amitai Etzioni on Religion and Social Order: Filling the gap when autocrats fall; and a review of The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack by Ronald Kessler. A review of The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean Carroll. A review of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making by David Rothkopf. More on X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking by Jeff Gordinier. Wendy Lesser reviews Mark Richardson's The Collected Prose of Robert Frost. More and more and more and more on Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence (and three more interviews). A review of We-Think by Charles Leadbeater (and more). From The Nation, Rick Perlstein on how the conservative noise machine is coming around to support McCain — if it can keep its stories straight; and a review of books on the history of the first women's rights campaign. For some TV viewers, storylines of adultery, murder, war, rape, etc. are not reprehensible enough to prompt a channel change; two men kissing, however, is another matter. How to defuse a human bomb: What would it take to persuade a terrorist to give up the life? A growing number of specialists are trying to find out. 

From NYRB, a review of Reading Judas by Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King and The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot by Bart D. Ehrman; Michael Chabon reviews Lush Life by Richard Price; Garry Wills on two speeches on race; and what have we learned, if anything? Tony Judt investigates. It's a cinematic archetype as reliable as the fish out of water and the blonde in distress: the disheveled, misanthropic college professor; there's little doubt why academia provides such a tempting backdrop for filmmakers. Catholicism, Inc.: An interview with Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame. Freedom and faith on campus: Mindless dogmatism is not part of the Catholic intellectual tradition (and here's how to read the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI). From The Telegraph, a list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture. Is John McCain Bob Dole? Or is he Dwight Eisenhower? Inventing John McCain: The maverick icon of American duty and patriotism is as much a literary creation as a political one — meet the author. His involvement with Dissent was, so to speak, one of Norman Mailer’s more improbable marriages, and by no means the shortest. Confused by the war in Iraq? No wonder — there isn't just one, there are three. As the economy deteriorates, the calls grow louder for government intervention — is it time to reconsider Milton Friedman’s legacy?

From The New Yorker, Ian Buruma reviews The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria; The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan; and Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India, and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade by Bill Emmott; Nick Paumgarten on the lives of elevators; Caroline Alexander goes on a journey through the mangrove forest of Bengal; and can anyone design a nice airport? Paul Goldberger wants to know. The Feminist Reawakening: Even if Hillary’s campaign ends soon, it will leave a legacy — consciousness-raised women rediscovering the benefits of sisterhood. Joyce Carol Oates reviews Keith Gessen’s All the Sad Young Literary Men (and more and more; and more from Bookforum). There’s just one problem with Alan Greenspan’s attempts to defend his record on the financial crisis: The former Fed chairman is guilty as charged. A review of The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, ed. by Richard Dawkins. A review of Dee Dee Myers' Why Women Should Rule the World. Can the cellphone help end global poverty? Why a corporate “user anthropologist” is spending so much of his time in the shantytowns of the world. The Gay-Straight Divide: What are the connections between sexual orientation and gender? Paulville is the name of the town where rightwingers will be free. If you think your taxes are unjust, just think again.