From World Socialist Web Site, Ann Talbot on the ghost of Thomas Hobbes; and David North on Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness, which "defends the foundations of scientific socialism against pseudo-Marxist conceptions influenced by the Frankfurt School and contemporary neo-utopianism". Richard Levins on how to visit a socialist country. From Boston Review, a review of The Year That Changed the World by Michael Meyer, The Romanian Revolution of December 1989 by Peter Siani-Davies, and Romania and the European Union: How the Weak Vanquished the Strong by Tom Gallagher. A review of The Red Flag: A History of Communism by David Priestland, The Rise and Fall of Communism by Archie Brown, and Zhivago’s Children: The Last Intelligentsia by Vladislav Zubok. An obituary for the Third Way: Magnus Ryner on the financial crisis and social democracy in Europe. A review of The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism by David Harvey (and more and more). “History is made up of those events that couldn’t have been predicted before they happened”: An interview with David Graeber. Political activist Mickey Z versus apolitical quietist Tom Bradley. A review of Get Opinionated: A Progressive’s Guide to Finding Your Voice by Amanda Marcotte (and more and more). Those beliefs look good on you: When it comes to attracting disengaged young people to political movements, let's face it — appearances matter. From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on nonviolent paths to social change. Peter Gelderloos on how nonviolence protects the State. After years as a star of the atheist Left, Tariq Ali has spent two decades crafting historical novels about Islam (and more). A review of The Lacanian Left: Psychoanalysis, Theory, Politics by Yannis Stavrakakis.

From McSweeney's, in September 1901, Leon Czolgosz ruined almost any chance you have of high-fiving the leader of the free world; and Socrates and Glaucon on the Home Shopping Network. The Genius of QVC: How the shopping network became one of the most effective retailing machines ever invented. A review of books on silence. Southern Sudan wonders how to brand itself; how do you name a nation? An interview with Philip Carr-Gomm, author of A Brief History of Nakedness. Scott Indrisek reviews Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett. The origins of the Red State–Blue State divide: A review of The War between the State and the Family: How Government Divides and Impoverishes by Patricia Morgan. If you want to find stable two-parent families, bypass Palin country and go to Pelosi territory: Naomi Cahn and June Carbone on their book Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture (and more). It has long been said that travel "broadens the mind"; now new evidence proves that jumping on a plane will not only make you smarter, but more open-minded and creative. A review of The Titanic  Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel by Doug Lansky. A look at 7 people who won the lottery and did something really stupid. A review of Lunatic Express: Discovering the World Via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains and Planes by Carl Hoffman. Is Amanda Knox being railroaded by the Italian judicial system and a prosecutor who might soon be on his way to jail himself? From Smithsonian, a look at the ten most disturbing scientific discoveries. From Mother Jones, how Glenn Beck and other right-wing talkers turned paranoia into a pitch for Goldline, the gold dealer one congressman says is conspiring to "cheat consumers".

From Educational Researcher, a special issue on new perspectives on school safety and violence prevention; Robert M. Hauser (Wisconsin): Causes and Consequences of Cognitive Functioning Across the Life Course; and when history and race collide: Cinthia Salinas on examining American history in the classroom. Game theory: A New York City school explores the educational power of playing — and designing — games. More and more and more and more on The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch. A review of Beauty and Education by Joe Winston Routledge. A review of Making the Grade: The Economic Evolution of American School Districts by William A. Fischel. Ron Mobed of Cengage Learning argues that digital tools and content turbocharge traditional education. The International Baccalaureate’s popularity is growing not least because it has an exam system that is recognised around the world. Psychologist Carol Dweck says students' mindsets, not their smarts, are key to their success. Too black for school: How race skews school discipline in Texas. From Education Review, a review of From a Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind: National Education Goals and the Creation of Federal Education Policy by Maris Vinovskis; and a review of No Child Left Behind: Past, Present, and Future by William Hayes. Poor neighborhoods around the world embrace a surprising idea: incredibly low-priced private schools. From The New American, is homeschooling compatible with socialism and vice-versa? Apparently not. Learn this, America: Here is the Final Report of the Commission to Crush the Strains of Weakness, Socialism, and Unpatriotic Thought in our Schools.

A new issue of Greater Good is out. Michele Moses (Colorado): Moral and Instrumental Rationales for Affirmative Action in Five National Contexts. From The New Yorker, an article on Duke Ellington’s music and race in America (and more). An interview with Natalie Zemon Davis, an award-winning historian who made her name highlighting history's forgotten. An excerpt from Should You Judge This Book by Its Cover?: 100 Fresh Takes on Familiar Sayings and Quotations by Julian Baggini. The introduction to The Zodiac of Paris: How an Improbable Controversy over an Ancient Egyptian Artifact Provoked a Modern Debate between Religion and Science by Jed Buchwald and Diane Greco Josefowicz. Joshua Cohen reviews The Abyss of Human Illusion by Gilbert Sorrentino. From HRHW, a roundtable on the downfall of human rights. The New Frugality is in part what frugality has always been: the search for a good deal — but it has also become a trend, thrift-chic for appearance’s sake. The American dream is simple: work hard and move up — as the country emerges from recession, the reality looks ever more complicated. The world's always thronged with monsters and marvels, but have we been looking for them in the wrong places? A review of A Hunter’s Confession by David Carpenter. The introduction to Stalking the Black Swan: Research and Decision Making in a World of Extreme Volatility by Kenneth A. Posner. The secret life of your home: Bill Bryson took a trip around his own house to find out why we live the way we do (and more). Maps and propaganda: The hundred or so maps on view at the British Library reveal the perennial human obsession with finding one's place in the world. The introduction to Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance by Boris Groysberg.

A review of A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by James Horn. Hobson Woodward on his book A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The charge is murder: The Boston Massacre wasn’t what you might think; a historian argues for a new interpretation of an iconic American event. A review of Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla R. Miller (and more). How Haiti saved America: Two centuries ago, a glittering Caribbean Island helped finance the Revolution. Founding Amateurs: Even before 1776, Jefferson, Washington and the other framers were pretty experienced politicians. A review of Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution — and What It Means for Americans Today by Thomas DiLorenzo. Sean Wilentz reviews Tocqueville's Discovery of America by Leo Damrosch (and more and more and more and more and more and more). David Wallace-Wells on the trouble with Tocqueville. T. J. Jackson Lears reviews Awaiting the Heavenly Country: The Civil War and America’s Culture of Death by Mark Schantz and This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust. A review of Craig Warren's Scars to Prove It: The Civil War Soldier and American Fiction. While practicing law in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln defended a man in a highly unusual case and later recounted the mystery as a short story. Tony Perrottet on the modern questioning of Lincoln's sexuality. A review of U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh. A review of The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn By Nathaniel Philbrick (and more and more and more and more and more).