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Letters to the Editor
Dawn of the Daddy State If terrorism has made a global trend toward greater state power inevitable, then it's important to get authoritarianism right. Here's how
by Paul Starobin
BRIEF LIVES: The Abolitionist Philip Mangano, a Bush appointee, has some new ideas about homelessness. His question: Will liberals accept compassionate conservatism if it works?
by Douglas McGray
The Heart of the Matter Is Dick Cheney physically a good risk as Vice President? Seven cardiologists weigh in
by Howard Markel
THE LIST: Rich, Famous, Incarcerated
by Nathan Littlefield
Al-Qaeda's Understudy Suicide terrorism has come to Pakistan
by Nasra Hassan
Kerry's Secret Weapon? Howard Stern could become an unlikely presidential kingmaker
by Ross Douthat
POST MORTEM: The Prototypical Bicycling Monarch Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (1909-2004)
by Mark Steyn
THE ODDS: Life on Mars
by Marshall Poe
Primary Sources Our "unthinkable" environmental future; Iraq's looming ethnic conflict; the most expensive homes in America
THE WORLD IN NUMBERS:
by Terrence Henry
The Tragedy of Tony Blair
When he came to office, the Prime Minister seemed another JFK. Now his mystique is dissipated and his promise shattered. The chief cause is the war in Iraq—a war he led his people into against their will, for reasons that were not true
by Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Where Did He Go Wrong?: An Interview with Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Geoffrey Wheatcroft, the author of "The Tragedy of Tony Blair," examines the
British Prime Minister's dramatic downward spiral [Web only]
This year's presidential campaign is already shaping up to be even more negative than the last. That's no accident. Our correspondent looks at the cloak-and-dagger world of opposition research—the updated version of "dirty tricks"
by Joshua Green
The Assassination Tapes
Lyndon Johnson secretly recorded many of his telephone conversations. The tapes of two 1967 calls provide a rare window into his thoughts after hearing a rumor, later substantiated, that the CIA had plotted to assassinate Fidel Castro
by Max Holland
Greed on Trial
The question before the jurors was not whether legal fees amounting to $7,700 an hour were "unreasonable." It was whether the lawyer-plaintiffs should get $1.3 billion more
by Alex Beam
Squirt Gun A poem by Robert Morgan [audio]
Loggers A poem by John Struloeff [audio]
Some Words Inside of Words A poem by Richard Wilbur [audio]
New & Noteworthy
Inside the Victorian Home, by Judith Flanders; Family Fortunes, by Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall; Public Lives, by Eleanor Gordon and Gwyneth Nair; The Guardians, by Geoffrey Kabaservice; The Greeks and the Irrational, by E. R. Dodds
reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz
Offshoring the Audience
If France makes movies for the French, and America makes movies for the world, who's left to make movies for America?
by David Kipen
Young Men in Shorts
The 1908 Boy Scout manual was, our reviewer writes, "one of the very few books of the twentieth century that actually led to the formation of a worldwide
by Christopher Hitchens
In The Dark
Remember Me, by Trezza Azzopardi
reviewed by Christina Schwarz
Like the Valley Girls who made it famous, the suburban mall is now on the wrong side of forty
by Sandra Tsing Loh
What's For Dinner?
Convenience foods have been doing battle with old-fashioned cooking for half a century. Which side
by Ann Hodgman
MUSIC: A Real Gone Guy
Even though the saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter never went away, his two recent albums are being hailed as a major comeback
by Francis Davis
TRAVELS: Sulfur Island
Everyone recognizes the image of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima. But what do you know about the place we were actually fighting for?
by P. J. O'Rourke
FICTION: Until Gwen
by Dennis Lehane
Hookers, Guns, and Money: An Interview with Dennis Lehane
The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Dennis Lehane talks about Mystic River, Hollywood, and "fiction of mortal event" [Web only]
Word Court by Barbara Wallraff
Proper-Name Index by Benjamin Healy
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