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I reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the Macleans.ca website today. After some discussion with my editor, we decided to run a spoiler-filled piece. There was a lot of debate about this in the office before and after we published. Arguments in favor of the spoiler review: We gave fair warning; no one will decide to read or not read the book based on my opinion of it; readers who haven’t finished the book aren’t reading reviews yet; and reviewing the book without revealing major plot points misses an opportunity to engage with readers who have reached the end. Arguments against: a review without spoilers can say just as much as a review with; people may go to the page and accidentally see something they don’t want to; spreading word about what happens allows jerks the opportunity to ruin it for friends.

Did we make the right move?

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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