From Foreign Affairs, a review of books about power and US foreign policy. A review of Five Roads to the Future: Power in the Next Global Age by Paul Starobin. A panel on The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Market Delusions, America's Decline, and How We Must Compete in the Post-Dollar Era by Clyde Prestowitz. Behind the Pentagon’s facade of honourable motives for invading other countries lies a history of promoting violence and covering up atrocities with wars of misinformation. Eric Reeves on Sudan's next war and the failure of US leadership. “We’re No. 1 and have to keep deserving it” has been both an attractive and a useful attitude for America; the current rise of “We’re No. 2” thinking threatens to be the reverse. More and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Icarus Syndrome by Peter Beinart. Think Again: Ronald Reagan wasn't the warhound his conservative followers would have you think. How the US got Lebanon's leading Shiite cleric dead wrong — and missed a chance to change the Middle East forever. Robert Kagan on Obama's 5 foreign-policy victories. From Democracy, a roundtable on America 2021: The Military and the World. A review of Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future by Stephen Kinzer (and more). Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the rise of American Anglophobia. Two young State Department officials are hoping to nudge diplomacy into the 21st century one Twitter post at a time.


A new issue of Metropolis is out. Alan K. Goodboy (Bloomsburg) and Maria Brann (WVU): Flirtation Rejection Strategies: Toward an Understanding of Communicative Disinterest in Flirting. From Platform, Panayiota Tsatsou (LSE): Reconceptualising "Time" and "Space" in the Era of Electronic Media and Communications; Aleksandra Bida (Ryerson): Cultural Deterritorialisation: Communications Technology, Provenance and Place; and Lauren Movius (USC): Cultural Globalisation and Challenges to Traditional Communication Theories. The Fatwa: Kenan Malik on Ayatollah Khomeini and the legacy of the Salman Rushdie affair. Corporations aren’t persons: We need to amend the Constitution to strike down the Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance. From Newsweek, a special report on The Beauty Advantage: The quest to look good isn't just a vain pursuit. From the Jewish Review of Books, a review of God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark and The Crusades, Christianity and Islam by Jonathan Riley-Smith. Islam’s political problem: A review of The Flights of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman and The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular. Keith J. Bybee on his book All Judges Are Political — Except When They Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law. From Radical Philosophy, Claudia Aradau on the myth of preparedness. Short-Sighted: Why do some liberals refuse to admit Obama is a change agent?


From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, a special issue on modernist poet Hilda Doolittle. Omniscience is something that the novel always aspires for but never quite achieves. From NYRB, a review of Best European Fiction 2010, Why Translation Matters by Edith Grossman, The Novel: An Alternative History, Beginnings to 1600 by Steven Moore, and Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields. Jessica Loudis reviews Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life by Edna O’Brien. From the forthcoming The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, Benjamin Kunkel says goodbye to the graphosphere; and Marco Roth on the outskirts of progress. Two Canadian enthusiasts are launching an inventive mash-up of the Bard’s greatest hits. When literary trends survive: 5 trends that have made the leap to subgenre status. Are you there, God? How Christian YA novels are offering a surprisingly empowering guide to adolescence. More on Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue. A review of The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by James Wood. From LRB, a review of books on Leo Tolstoy. Yehuda Halevi is one of the great poets of the Western tradition, but it is difficult to convey his life and achievement to an English-reading audience. From the Spanish civil war onwards, writers were forced to negotiate a perilous intellectual divide — the result was the greatest era of political fiction we have known.


From Slate, poor little CEOs: The government's giving them everything they want, yet still they whine; and too big to fail, the 1912 version: How Wilson and Roosevelt tried to roll back the power of corporations. The shame of right-wing "journalism": Andrew Breitbart and Tucker Carlson distort facts to smear liberals, and it works — what liberals should learn. From Vice, an interview with Justine Kurland, known for her idyllic portraits of girl runaways, commune hippies, and mothers with their children. Lifestyles of Mad Men: An acclaimed dramatic series about the world of advertising returns to TV; Scott McLemee glances at the historical context. A real Mad Man: An interview with Jerry Della Femina on his career, casual sexism and how advertising has changed. From TED, Julian Assange on why the world needs WikiLeaks. An interview with Serene Jones on Glenn Beck's attack on Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone (and more on Beck's "social justice" heresies). Captive minds, then and now: Tony Judt on Czeslaw Milosz. From New York, Emily Nussbaum on the strange gender-humor divide in fake-real news; and what would a maverick do? Joe Hagan on John McCain, still at war. From NYRB, Jeff Madrick on Obama’s risky business: The unavoidable fact of the matter is that the effectiveness of regulation will depend entirely on how regulators attend to their duties in the future.


From FDL, a book salon on Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It by Richard D. Wolff. Surveying the wreckage: What can we learn from the top books on the financial crisis? When markets crash for no apparent reason: Why did the world economy plunge into the worst recession since the Great Depression? Economic fundamentals do not explain the global crisis, but they did play a role. A review of Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy in the Aftermath of Crisis by Anatole Kaletsky. More and more and more on More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of the New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby. Adair Turner on the uses and abuses of economic ideology. From Policy, a review of Capitalism, Institutions and Economic Development by Michael G. Heller; a review of In Defense of Monopoly: How Market Power Fosters Creative Production by Richard B McKenzie and Dwight R Lee; a review of Filthy Lucre: Economics for Those Who Hate Capitalism by Joseph Heath; a review of Christian Theology and Market Economics by Ian Harper and Saumel Gregg; and a review of "Are Economics Basically Immoral?" and other Essays on Economics, Ethics and Religion by Paul Heyne. A review of Crack Capitalism by John Holloway. A review of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction by Barry C. Lynn and Rebound: Why America Will Emerge Stronger from the Financial Crisis by Stephen J. Rose.

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