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‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’ b y Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert’s “Field Notes From a Catastrophe” (2006) presented a powerful account of how climate change was disrupting lives around the planet. Whether the New Yorker columnist was visiting a utility company in Burlington, Vt., ice sheets in Greenland or floating...
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Yardley: ‘ A Child of Christian Blood : Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel ’ by Edmund Levin

Bernard Malamud’s “The Fixer” (1966) was the most honored novel of this distinguished writer’s career (National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize), and though as it happens I am not a party to the adulation the novel has enjoyed, finding it preachy and obvious, after 41/ 2...
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Book review: ‘The Kennan Diaries’ by George Kennan, edited by Frank Costigliola

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a CBS News historian. His books include “Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years, 1953-71” and “The Reagan Diaries.” When I was a graduate student at Georgetown University in the 1980s, studying U.S. diplomatic history,...
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‘The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day’ by David J. Hand

‘What are you doing here?” “Everybody’s got to be somewhere!” (Macmillan) – ‘The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day” by David J. Hand Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search This...

‘GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History’ by Diane Coyle and ‘The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World’ by Zachary Karabell

‘May my children grow up in a world where no one knows who the central banker is” is a wise saying. One also can hope for a world where arguments about measuring GDP (gross domestic product, the sum total of the goods and services produced within a nation) or the inflation rate...

How ‘the next Citizens United’ could bring more corruption — but less gridlock

Richard L. Hasen is the chancellor’s professor of law and political science at the University of California at Irvine. An opinion could come as early as this coming week in the Supreme Court case being called “the next Citizens United,” and groups concerned about the...

Obama’s next memoir will make money — but it won’t change minds

Tevi Troy is a former senior White House aide and the author of “What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House.” According to literary agent Andrew Wylie, President Obama’s post-White House memoir could fetch an advance...
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Why the Army should fire generals and promote captains

Adrian Bonenberger, a student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is a retired Army captain and combat veteran. He is the author of “Afghan Post.” As Army leadership ponders who and what to cut from its budget, the first groups in the crosshairs are the...

Five myths about Netflix

Gina Keating is an editor at 1stOnlineNews and the author of “Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs.” In its two-decade lifespan, Netflix has led three revolutions that have changed how people watch movies and television — from videotape to DVD, from DVD to...

For Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, is a public debate enough?

Justin Moyer is on Outlook’s editorial staff. When trying to punish people who shoot black teenagers, Florida prosecutors can’t seem to catch a break. Last weekend,the man who killed Jordan Davis after an argument about loud music was found guilty of attempted murder...