June 2011

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After the Arab Spring

The crumbling of dictatorships across the Middle East presents the Obama administration with a conundrum: How to nurture the spread of freedom while managing the rise of Islamist fundamentalism? By promoting democracy in some countries while propping up monarchs in others.

Robert Hunt

The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

Where would Alaska’s most notorious inhabitant—and our national politics—be today if she had run on her collaborative record rather than her divisive persona?

J. Murphy / City Limits

The Failure of American Schools

As chancellor of the nation’s largest school system, the author spent eight years battling recalcitrant unions and feckless politicians. American education, he learned, is a senseless system that must be gutted before it can be reformed.

Hunting a Killer in L.A.

Twenty-three years after a young nurse was murdered in southern California, detectives zeroed in on a most unlikely suspect. A tale of deception, forensic science, and a cold case gone suddenly hot.

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  • Sean McCabe

    Hollywood: A Love Story

    Often spot-on, sometimes creepy, David Thomson’s masterwork is the most influential book ever written about the movies—and the most infuriating.

  • Alex Williamson

    Red Rosa

    The writings of the martyred socialist Rosa Luxemburg give a plaintive view of history’s paths not taken.

  • Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Cover to Cover

    The calculating, pseudo-classy Katharine Hepburn; estranged lovers in Rome; and more

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