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Nancy Langston’s superb new book explores how endrocine-disrupting chemicals, especially synthetic estrogen (DES) have affected human bodies in the decades since World War II. Exposing the deep problems with American regulatory agencies, how cultural conceptions about gender have shaped our response to and use of synthetic chemicals, and how our national faith in technological progress […]

Annals of Bad Amazon Reviews

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On December 25, 2009
While working on my Statecraft and the State syllabus, I happened upon this Amazon review of Margaret Levi’s Of Rule and Revenue: “As specialization and division of labor increase, there is greater demand on the state to provide collective goods where once there were solely private goods or no goods at all.” From the second […]

The Least Worst Place

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On May 30, 2009

I just finished reading Karen Greenberg’s excellent The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days, a book that is (for obvious reasons) relevant to the hyperventilating spasms current

History for Mouthbreathers

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On June 11, 2008

Speaking of conservative histories, I’d be remiss in not mentioning A Patriot’s History of the United States, a jaw-droppingly terrible book that would only appeal to readers who aren̵

The Book or the Review?

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On March 7, 2008
This review of Gusher Of Lies makes me wonder whether the bad arguments are the book’s or the reviewer’s. For example, Bryce’s attacks on ethanol seem very convincing, but in what way do they challenge “cherished green beliefs?” This is djw’s department, but it seems to me that the class of people pushing ethanol contains […]
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