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Undermining radical Islam's most famous terror group via aggressive blogging as propaganda warfare? Reducing large troop commitments in Arab countries? Rather than an idea floated by liberal war critics at DailyKos, this sea change in counter-terrorism policy is proposed by a marine veteran of the Iraq war, a former analyst for the Bush administration and an anti-radicalism analyst for the intelligence wing of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Peter Beinart's look at American intervention in WWI, Vietnam and Iraq tries to trace the history of how American foreign policy confidence and high-minded ambition crosses the line into hubris. Why do we overreach and how? How can we go forward in trying to create a safer world without having to learn the sobering lessons of flying too high and crashing back to earth?

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What do a Matt Damon thriller and a non-fiction profile of Iraq's Coalition Provisional Authority have in common? Can the former really advance the ideas of the latter? What do both say about the priorities of counterinsurgency warfare and the occupation of a country? We take a look at how an entertaining movie managed to pay service to the provocative ideas of one of the best political histories to date of the American administration in Baghdad.

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Both Jon Ronson's book and the recent movie adaptation take us on a tour of a wacky, noble but doomed military initiative to use the power of the mind to create "Jedi warriors" who could provide non-violent alternative assistance to the American military. However, the film and book part ways, as the former becomes more of a caper and the latter delves into willful refusal to acknowledge the use of psychological torture. Read more...
Wimbledon's recent three-day match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut has been the sort of intense contest that allows fans to know two new players in a profound way that only sport offers. That intimate look recalls John McPhee's "Levels of the Game," a profile of Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner, still widely considered the definitive book on tennis. Read more...
Like any institution, it's easy to take "This American Life" for granted. We just expect it to be the sort of radio we park the car and let finish before taking the key out of the ignition. Between a TV series and 400+ radio episodes, it's consistently produced masterpieces of mini-documentary that can fascinate the entire family again and again—some of which make for indispensable car-trip listening. Read more...
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Last year, events in Somalian waters reminded Americans of pirates stealing ships on the high seas. Captain Max Hardberger wants to remind them of how pirates work in waters much closer to home. They place an order with you for cargo and, when you deliver it, just steal it and your boat in the harbor. Then he gets a call to steal them back. Read more...
What do a shut in, a chronically rude man, a banker who can't hand money away by telling people to short the system, and two kids with seed money and a Berkeley garage have in common? Long before the Wall Street crash became a reality, they were willing to bet almost everything that everyone who'd spent tens of trillions of dollars on the market was fatally wrong. Read more...
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Escaping North Korea

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A story of faith, self-sacrifice, famine, disease, and unimaginable fear in one of the most closed and controlled societies in the world, Mike Kim's account of his calling to help a profoundly oppressed people gives us a glimpse of powerful Christian generosity and regime without mercy. Read more...
A new biography from New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick provides fascinating profiles of Obama's family, concise and moving histories of civil rights struggles and community politics in Chicago, and sketches of dozens of politicians, activists, jurists and friends who helped to shape Barack Obama's thinking—and complete the bridge from Selma, Alabama to the White House. Read more...
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