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Balancing Act  

If two recent analyses of populism agree on one thing, it’s that democracy and capitalism have fallen out of balance. Less clear is how—or whether—the truce between them should be restored.



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How Liberalism Failed  

The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality by Brink Lindsey and Steven M. Teles Oxford University Press, 2017, 232 pp. Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the …



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Graceland  

What Are We Doing Here? Essays by Marilynne Robinson Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018, 336 pp. Since Donald Trump’s election, a lot of Americans have become nostalgic for the country we used to be. Barack Obama is more popular than …



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Growing Up After Genocide  

Blood Papa: Rwanda’s New Generation by Jean Hatzfeld (translated by Joshua David Jordan) Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018, 240 pp. The French journalist Jean Hatzfeld is our great chronicler of sorrow. In a remarkable series of books, originally written in …











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Hollinghurst’s Ghosts  

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst Knopf, 2018, 432 pp. Keith Vaughan, “Drawing of a seated male nude,” 1949 (The estate of Keith Vaughan) If a novel gains its reader’s regard but not her affection, does she like it? Can …



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Improbable Outcomes  

Some Trick: Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt New Directions, 2018, 224 pp.   Some Trick is Helen DeWitt’s third book. That is to say, her third published book. She has written dozens of others that haven’t made it from her …



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Trickle-Down Urbanism  

For all his differences with his predecessor, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has inherited the same fundamental dilemmas that faced Michael Bloomberg—and much of the billionaire’s approach to resolving them.



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Edifices of Empire  

Capitalism, from its very beginning, was twinned with racism. Two books describe how these two forces emerged together, at the same moment in the unfolding of Western political economy.




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