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The New Eschatology of Peace

The relations of religious faith with political life in the modern world are riddled with paradoxes. In the Middle East, rapid secularization has provoked a fundamentalist revulsion, which seeks vainly to stem the tide of modernity that, at the...

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    National Insecurity

    From the elevation of arms control to the opening of talks with the PLO, the course of American foreign policy in recent years has led some to wonder why Ronald Reagan was once considered such a contrast to Jimmy Carter. The cycle is best seen in...

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    The Lessons of Grenada

    Grenada's Communist interlude has become the subject of an intense postmortem by scholars of varying ideological hues. Historically, the small island is destined to be a symbol of the Reagan years.

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    Old Possum in his Letters

    "I think one's letters ought to be X about oneself (I live up to this theory!)—what else is there to talk about? Letters should be indiscretions—otherwise they are simply official bulletins." So T.S. Eliot remarked to his Harvard classmate, the...

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    Says Who?

    During the long election season just past, Gail Sheehy wrote for Vanity Fair a series of "character profiles" of various presidential candidates. Six of those profiles, together with an introductory essay and a long piece on Ronald Reagan, make...

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    Madness in Great Ones

    The American poet and man of letters John Berryman created in his half-memoir, half-short story "The Imaginary Jew" what is very likely the most powerfully compressed vision of vulgar, visceral racism in our literature.

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