A review of Valkyrie: German Resistance to Hitler by Danny Orbach. From Air Force Magazine, a look at how Imperial Japan committed a startling number of airpower stupidities. A review of books on West Indians in the Second World War. Musicology and mass execution: During World War II, the famous German musicologist Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht belonged to the Feldgendarmerie division 683, which committed horrific murders on the Crimean peninsular. From the Catholic Social Science Review, a special section on the Catholic response during World War II. From TNR, a review of Churchill by Paul Johnson. An article on why the West should have sided with Hitler against Stalin. Nazi loyalist and Adolf Hitler's devoted aide: The true story of Eva Braun. A look at the 5 most widely believed WWII facts (that are bullshit). On the anti-fascist front: A review of Dr. Seuss & Co. Go to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of America’s Leading Comic Artists by Andre Schiffrin. A review of D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor. A review of Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and its Aftermath by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman. Urban bombing might have been Brit­ain's only way of fighting back against Nazi Germany in the middle years of the war but, by 1945, Bomber Command's strategy had descended into gruesome futility. A review of After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation by Giles MacDonogh. A review of Operation Last Chance: One Man's Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice by Efraim Zuroff. Looking through the mists of obligatory sentimentalism that enveloped the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, James Heartfield remembers the pitiless subordination of people to production on all sides of that crisis.


Why NYC's new dedicated crosstown bus lane owes a debt to Colombia: How one brilliant idea has traveled from Bogota all the way to New York City. What happened to New York's moxie? James Traub wants to know. COIN and selection effects: Henry Farrell on the most important lesson that the social sciences have to offer to policy makers. The Doctor Is In: At 88, Aaron Beck is now revered for an approach to psychotherapy that pushed Freudian analysis aside. Julian Baggini on how suicide can be a rational choice. Does the devil really wear Prada? An article on the psychology of anthropomorphism and dehumanization. One Strange Fish Tale: A review of An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World by Anders Halverson. The Cold War’s Organization Man: How Philip Mosely helped Soviet Studies moderate American policy. An interview with Amanda Craig on books that changed the world. You could easily say that high fashion is androg’ because, well, gay dudes and women basically run the fashion industry. From the recruiting game that started it all to the commercial juggernaut that outsold all but the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, P. W. Singer on a snapshot of militainment in action (and Seth Hettena reviews Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century). An interview with Marcus du Sautoy on books on the beauty of maths. An interview with Gene M. Heyman, author of Addiction: a Disorder of Choice (and a review). Iran Contrarians: Michael Crowley on Flynt and Hillary Leverett, Ahmadinejad’s Washington power couple. A study finds intelligent people have values novel in human evolutionary history. A review of Peace: A World History by Antony Adolf (and more).


Like George Wallace and his supporters 40 years ago, today's conservative populists are long on anger and short on coherence. An interview with Michael Kazin on populism in America. Populism With Brains: History shows that populists sometimes rouse the rabble with very good ideas. A look at why populism is not as popular as you think. Right-wing populist fads catch our attention — but they burn out quickly. The trick in conservative circles today is to get just furious enough about Washington’s encroachment onto states rights without quite falling over the edge into Fort Sumter. Is the GOP the party of no or just plain ignorance? The GOP understands that in Washington, there are no constraints — just what you can get away with. American Taliban: More on Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal. John Avlon on the creepy, growing political force known as Tenthers. Glenn Greenwald on libertarianism and the GOP's "small government" tea party fraud. With the unruly tea-party movement suddenly the hottest show in American politics, everyone on the right wants to get in on the act. David Von Drehle on why the Tea Party movement matters (and more and more). Most tea party followers are baby boomers reliving the '60s: A poll debunks assumptions about the movement, showing that it's largely middle-class, college-educated, white and male. Tea Party, Canada-Style: America's battle over health care reform started in Saskatchewan. A prairie echo of the tea party: Now the Progressive Conservatives face a rebellion — in Canada. Why is there no British Tea Party movement? Tea Parties are contagious: A bit of global solidarity was forged this weekend among conservatives with the launching of a British movement inspired by our very own anti-tax Tea Partyism.


The inaugural issue of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science is out, including Leyre Castro and Edward A. Wasserman (Iowa): Animal Learning; Phil Johnson-Laird (Princeton): Deductive reasoning; Michael C. Corballis (Auckland): The gestural origins of language; Elizabeth E. Price and Andrew Whiten (St. Andrews) and Christine A. Caldwell (Stirling): Comparative cultural cognition; Greg J. Norman and Gary G. Bernston (OSU) and John T. Cacioppo (Chicago): Social neuroscience; and Annabelle Belcher (NIH) and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke): Neurolaw. Brian T. Edwards in Watching Shrek in Tehran: The seen and the unseen in Iranian cinema. "Econo-Jihad": Jihadist terror organizations have set economic terrorism as their new target, intending to harm and paralyze Western economies, the United States in particular. Warning: Your reality is out of date: Samuel Arbesman introduces the mesofact. Jami Attenberg reviews Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). How locavores could save the world: The latest yuppie craze could do more than just cut emissions — it might also help feed the poor. From Fast Company, how much longer can shopping malls survive? A look at how health care is no stranger to the reconciliation process (and more). Dress Code: Tony Perrottet goes behind the rumor that Hoover wore women's clothing. The Tribe That Bites: Allison Gaudet Yarrow on the unlikely rise of the Jewish vampire. Modernizing the idea of the great French salons — elegant gatherings of intelligentsia — a Toronto businessman's soirees are provoking thought about how city and country can be run.


From Edge, Charles Leadbeater on cloud culture: The promise and the threat. What’s more dangerous on the Web, hackers or hacks? Here are 20 things you didn't know about computer hacking. From Monty Python to mass-mailing misery, New Scientist charts the unstoppable rise of spam (and more). A look at the world’s top 10 spammers. Simon Cox on how he helped nail the "manhood" spammer. David Bollier on protecting and enlarging the Digital Republic. A review of Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet by Joseph Menn. While we are building identity in social networks, our online behavior generates a plenitude of information, meanings and content that constitutes a "cognitive surplus" generated by the "hive mind". Our digitally undying memories: The Internet never forgets, and that's not necessarily good for us. Google Buzz raised hackles over privacy concerns, but it should also make us consider how omnipresent Google is becoming. From Wired, a look at how Google’s algorithm rules the Web. An article on the (good and bad) future of the Internet — and will the Internet make us stupider? Two futures of the internet: Will the future be cyber-attacks and an uneasy balance of terror or cultural collaboration hosted by Google's servers? How dictators watch us on the web: The internet is meant to help activists, enable democratic protest and weaken the grip of authoritarian regimes, but it doesn’t — in fact, the web is a boon for bullies. Will the real Chinese Internet please stand up? It's fashionable to hold up the Internet as the road to democracy and liberty in countries like Iran, but it can also be a very effective tool for quashing freedom. Making the Web safe for democracy: Daniel Calingaert on what the United States can and should do to spread Internet freedom.

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