Chronicles Magazine REVIEWS

The Economic Impact of Immigration

I stopped paying attention to Time many years ago. My twin brother and I, already plotting our emigration to the United States, subscribed as college students in England in the 1960’s to get some sense of this world-straddling “indispensable...

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    Never Paranoid Enough

    “Trust no one.” The landmark TV series The X-Files used that catchphrase in depicting a world riven with conspiracies that reach to the highest levels of the U.S. government. Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, the fictional FBI agents who...

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    The Empire Is Naked

    After the Last Man is a short and dense book, consisting of a series of vignettes (excursus) ranging from a paragraph to a few pages in length on the contemporary technological system. Each excursus is followed by a few lines that point...

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    The Reduction of Certainty

    One should begin a review with a summation of a book and then of its author. The reverse is warranted in this case. James Grant is an extraordinary American, a financial expert whose mind is enriched by his knowledge of history.

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    The Right Fork

    The chronological niche which the generation of D.J. Taylor’s title occupies, 1918-40, will be remembered by future historians—if, indeed, there should be any such creatures among the oafish homunculi now incubating in the totalitarian crucibles...

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  • IN THE DARK

    Pretenders

    British director Sam Mendes has turned Richard Yates’ 1961 novel, Revolutionary Road, into a thorough scolding. As he did with American Beauty eight years ago, he chastises his Yankee cousins for their mulish devotion to tradition,...

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