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'Official Secrets' Is a Devastating Reminder of the Power of Deception

Gavin Hood's thriller about British whistleblower Katharine Gun's attempt to stop the Iraq War, Official Secrets, is nothing special artistically, but its intense relevance burns the screen.

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Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War

While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?

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'The Lucky One' Gives Us a Recuperative History of the Iraq War

Taylor Schilling (as Beth, one of the many titular "lucky ones") may prance about in short shorts, but she competes with the sultry dangle of the weeping willows and the spectacular flirtation of the real estate and the roses.

Politics

Your Brain in the Voting Booth

President Obama may not be everything people’s brains deceived them into thinking he was, but he’s who he said he would be all along.

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Bulletproof Salesman

The filmmakers seem to deliberately avoided asking hard questions; resulting in a film which often seems like an infomercial and which will no doubt bring this arms-dealing firm some additional business.

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The Ticking is the Bomb by Nick Flynn

Flynn’s obsessive nature may force his locomotive mind off the rails, but he dutifully and beautifully records what’s illuminated by the sparks.

Books

Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Entirely too long at 117 pages, Don DeLillo’s latest novel was inspired by an installation at the Museum of Modern Art in 2006 called 24 Hour Psycho.

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The Gamble by Thomas E. Ricks

By the time Ricks brings his narrative to a close, he has solidly proved his point, namely that in the most basic reckoning, the surge can be said to have worked.

Television

POV: Soldiers of Conscience

Soldiers' moral struggles tend to remain invisible, like the situations that drive them. Soldiers of Conscience shows the dilemmas and the costs of war.

Books

Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

This superb small novel isn’t about war or politics at all, but about, in the face of guilt and horror, choosing whether to die and how, if that is the choice, to live.

Michael Antman
Books

A Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist

Evidently Gilchrist missed the sickening exposés of conditions at Walter Reed, or chose to overlook them.

Diane Leach
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Corporate Warriors by P. W. Singer

By refusing to cast himself as a finger-wagging scold on the subject of military contractors, Singer’s concerns have all that much more power.

Books

Last One In by Nicholas Kulish

There hasn't exactly been a glut of fiction dealing with the current war in Iraq.

Jonathon Walter
Film

No End in Sight (2007)

Charles Ferguson's smart, meticulous documentary No End in Sight explains the first year in Iraq in detail, at once alarming and dismal.

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Shadow Company (2006)

The examination of private military companies (today's preferred term within the industry) undertaken by Nick Bicanic and Jason Bourque's film is at once informative and provocative.

Film

Rory Kennedy Reveals the Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

Kennedy's film provides a history of the Abu Ghraib scandal and places the events that took place there within the context of the Bush administration's attempt to redefine torture.

Bruce Dancis
News

Clinton joins effort to revoke war authorization

Ron Hutcheson and Renee Schoof
News

Bush vetoes war spending bill

Mark Silva and Jim Tankersley
Books

The Changing Face of War by Martin Van Creveld

Van Creveld shows that all the U.S. military's technological prowess hasn't helped much in the current war, and in fact often helps distance its soldiers from the conflict they should be waging.

Chris Barsanti
Film

Iraq in Fragments (2006)

A meditation on chaos and coping, the documentary keeps its focus intently on Iraqis.

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The Dreams of Sparrows (2004)

Director Hayder Mousa Daffar had a dream, to make a documentary about his Iraq. Not, he says, the Iraq that he sees 'on the internet, on the news... bombs and explosions', but a country where people lived, and survived, and aspired for more.

Cynthia Fuchs
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