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ARTICLES

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IT’S TIME FOR AN AMERICAN PERESTROIKA

GEORGE C. LODGE

Most of the causes of our lagging economic performance, the author argues, derive from America’s ideology of individualism—from the very hymns that we as a nation love to sing.

ARTICLES

39

THE LAST WISE MAN:

SKETCHES FROM A LIFE

GEORGE F. KENNAN

Excerpts from the private diaries of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century—a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of rare literary gifts, a brilliant diplomatic historian, a former ambassador to Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, and a farsighted challenger of political orthodoxies of both the right and the left.

ARTICLES

72

TRAINING CHINA’S NEW ELITE

FRED STREBEIGH

Chinese from the People’s Republic constitute the largest group of foreign students in the United States. More than 30,000 of them are now enrolled at American universities, where they face peculiar and unprecedented problems and opportunities.

REPORTS & COMMENT

14

NOTES:

INQUISITION

CULLEN MURPHY

REPORTS & COMMENT

17

JAPAN:

LET THEM DEFEND THEMSELVES

JAMES FALLOWS

REPORTS & COMMENT

26

AFGHANISTAN:

POSTMORTEM

ROBERT D. KAPLAN

POETRY

78

THE LAST NIGHT IN MITHYMNA

LINDA GREGG

HUMOR AND FICTION

30

MARRED BUSS

MARK O’DONNELL

HUMOR AND FICTION

63

WATER JUMP

GUY BILLOUT

HUMOR AND FICTION

65

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF ROBERT SCHUMANN

JULIE SCHUMACHER

BOOKS

93

GREEN REVISIONISM

THOMAS FLANAGAN

Modern Ireland 1600-1972 by R. F. Foster

BOOKS

96

WHERE THE STARS WERE BORN

RICHARD SCHICKEL

The Genius of the System by Thomas Schatz

BOOKS

99

BRIEF REVIEWS

PHOEBE-LOU ADAMS

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

4

CONTRIBUTORS

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

6

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

12

THE APRIL ALMANAC

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

83

HOME:

IN THE WRIGHT TRADITION

PHILIP LANGDON

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

88

Music:

A VIBRANT LEGACY

BEN SANDMEL

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

101

ACROSTIC NO. 45

DOROTHY OSBORNE

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

103

THE PUZZLER

EMILY COX AND HENRY RATHVON

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

104

WORD HISTORIES

CRAIG M. CARVER