Chronicles Magazine Book Review

Thrice-Told Tales

Politics and tale-telling are virtually inseparable activities. Great political events—wars, rebellions, social crusades—do not exert their full measure of influence until they are whittled into legends.

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    Empire Strikes Back

    During his discussion of the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie in his classic Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph Schumpeter asked whether "in the end such complete emancipation was good for the bourgeois and his world."

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    On the Road Again

    It is a signal of things to come that Gerard Thomas Straub opens his book Salvation for Sale: An Insider's View of Pat Robertson's Ministry with a list of quotations that begins with Miguel de Unamuno and winds up with Woody Allen.

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    Martyrs Inc.

    "When I must define my own views," writes Milovan Djilas in his latest book, Of Prisons and Ideas, "I identify them as 'democratic socialist.'" For those who find this oxymoronic, Djilas' whole book may seem like an exercise in contortion.

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    Talk to Me

    The last 20 years have seen the proliferation of a machine that stores, organizes, and retrieves information: the computer. It can perform repetitive tasks without error or fatigue, analyze problems too complex for the human brain, and collate...

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