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In from the Cold: 'George F. Kennan: An American Life'

George F. Kennan, diplomat and intellectual, in many ways resembles a character in a John le Carré novel. John Lewis Gaddis, a Cold War historian at Yale, places his life in perspective.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding? Working against conventional wisdom, Steven Pinker argues that we have reached a historical low point with regards to violence.

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Benediction: On Thurston Moore’s 'Demolished Thoughts'

Although Demolished Thoughts was released before the announcement of the breakup of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, it is unavoidably a document of this personal and professional transition.

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When the Music’s Over: Greil Marcus on the Doors

Apparently seeking to account for every important rock act of the '60s, Greil Marcus turns his critical attention to the Doors.

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