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The Politics of Permanent Confrontation

by Derek Shearer | Feb 1, 2013 | Books, Politics

Reviewed: The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics by Thomas Byrne Edsall (Anchor Books, 272 pp., $15.95). The New Year’s Day bill that Congress finally passed to avert the “fiscal cliff” prevented a rise in income taxes for most American families, and put off drastic cuts in the federal budget for two months. […]

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Motor City Serenade

by Jenny Blair | Jan 1, 2013 | Books

Reviewed: Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli (Metropolitan Books, 336 pp., $28.00). I have no plans to visit North Korea, but there was a time when I longed to see it out of sheer curiosity. Then I read cartoonist Guy Delisle’s graphic travel memoir Pyongyang, and […]

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Cultural Exchange

by Simon Balto | Dec 15, 2012 | Books, Culture

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a blog post by journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley entitled “The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations.” Schaefer Riley argued that there are “no legitimate debates about the problems that plague the black community…happening in black-studies departments” and that Black Studies has outlived its usefulness. […]

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Spies (Un)like Us

by WS Editors | Dec 1, 2012 | Books, Foreign Policy

Reviewed: Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today by Edward Lucas (Walker & Company, 384 pp., $26.00). Communism is dead, but the threat from Russia is still very much alive—and we in the West are dangerously complacent in the face of this menace. That is the central thesis of Edward Lucas’s Deception: The Untold Story of […]

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The Children of the Subcontinent

by WS Editors | Nov 15, 2012 | Books, Politics, Uncategorized

Reviewed: Uncle Swami: South Asians in American Today by Vijay Prashad (The New Press, 208 pp., $21.95). Preet Bharara, A Punjab-born U.S. attorney, prosecutes Raj Rajaratnam, a Sri-Lankan born billionaire insider trader: For people of South Asian descent, United States assimilation has arrived. It happened quickly after race-based immigration quotas were lifted in 1965. Immigrants then […]

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