The New York review of books

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Publications
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Analysis of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on abortion.
 
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A review of Helen Epstein's book, "The invisible cure: Africa, the West, and the fight against AIDS."
 
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A review of Allan M. Brandt's The cigarette century: the rise, fall and deadly persistence of the product that defined America (New York: Basic Books, 2007).
 
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Reviews of: The two kinds of decay, by Sarah Manguso; My stroke of insight: a brain scientist's personal journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor; and The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead, by David Shields.
 
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Reviews of: Hauser, Marc D. Moral minds: how nature designed our universal sense of right and wrong. (New York: Ecco, 2006); and Waal, F.B.M. de. Primates and philosophers: how morality evolved. (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2006).
 
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Review of: Gribbin, John. The fellowship: Gilbert, Bacon, Harvey, Wren, Newton, and the story of a scientific revolution. (New York: Overlook, 2005). Focusing on the history of the Royal Society.
 
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Primarily a review of Richard Dawkins' book, The God delusion (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006).
 
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A review of Michael Pollan's The omnivore's dilemma: a natural history of four meals and Bill McKibben's Deep economy: the wealth of communities and the durable future.
 
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A review of Philip Kitcher's book, Living with Darwinism: evolution, design, and the future of faith.
 
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A review of Steven Johnson's The ghost map: the story of London's most terrifying epidemic- and how it changed science, cities and the modern world (New York: Riverhead Books, 2006),
 
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Review of: Groopman, Jerome. How doctors think. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007).
 
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Review of War surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: a series of cases, 2003-2007, ed. by Shawn Christian Nessen, Dave Edmond Lounsbury, and Stephen P. Hetz; Generation kill, written and produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, based on the book by Evan Wright; Baghdad ER, a film directed by John Alpert and Matthew O'Neill; Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery, a film directed by John Alpert and Matthew O'Neill; and The forever war, by Dexter Filkins.
 
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Reviews of Steven Rose's The richness of life: the essential Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Jay Gould's Punctuated equilibrium.
 
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Review of David Rieff's Swimming in a sea of death: a son's memoir. Rieff is the son of writer Susan Sontag.
 
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Review of Steven Pinker's The stuff of thought: language as a window into human nature.
 
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Reviews eight recently published reports focusing on affirmative action in higher education. Discusses the following topics: (1) college admission policies; (2) minority student performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT); (3) school desegregation; and (4) minority group teachers. (FMW)
 
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Economics
 
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A critical introduction to a book by Paul Adams and others entitled Children's Rights," essays ...toward the liberation of the child," to be published by Praeger in October 1971. (JM)
 
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Provides critical reviews of three books, "The Political Economy of Social Class", "Ethnicity: Theory and Experience," and "Ethnicity in the United States," focusing on the political economy of social class and ethnicity. (Author/AM)
 
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The debate among scholars on the historical and contemporary significance of the Founding period of the United States still continues and important questions still need to be addressed. The extent to which current judicial decisions should be governed by the intentions of the Framers, and whether contemporary historical approaches tend to undermine the authority of the U.S. Constitution are among the continuing issues. At the center of such a debate are the theories of Leo Strauss, the German-born political theorist and teacher whose followers are attempting to set the agenda for public debate on the Constitution. Straussians keep alive an old-fashioned concern for political philosophy and classic political texts that is in opposition to the behaviorist and policy analysts whom the Straussians claim have taken over the government departments in universities and turned them into departments of political science. Strauss, who taught at the University of Chicago for 20 years and who died in 1973, exerted a powerful influence over many students who, in turn, disseminated his ideas to their own students and so on through four generations. Strauss admired the moral, character-forming, civic-conscious, philosophizing nature of the ideal classical republican "regime," as Aristotle called it. "Modernity" in the philosophies of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and later thinkers shattered this ancient ideal by bringing a new realism to political thought, and Straussians believe the present crisis in the West is caused by the moral relativism and pervasive "historicism" of modern political philosophy. This document reviews a collection of influential work by Straussians Herbert J. Storing, Ralph Lerner, Martin Diamond, and others. Although there are many differences among them, it is argued that the common ground shared by almost all Straussians is the tendency to study the Founding from the standpoint of the timeless truth to be found in it, and to view the Constitution in a quasi-religious or "fundamentalist" way. (NL)
 
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Suggests that the fairness and constitutionality of any admissions program is justified if it serves a plausible policy that respects the right of all members of the community to be treated as equals, but not otherwise. (Author/AM)
 
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Four different approaches to giving the student access to any educational resources which may help him to define and achieve his own goals are discussed: Reference Services to Educational Objects, Skill Exchange, and Peer Matching, and Reference Services to Educators-at-large. (JM)
 
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