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September 5, 2012

Historians discuss the challenge of writing about the recent past. Scott McLemee tries to put things in context.

August 29, 2012

Two political scientists are publishing a study of the presidential election -- as it's happening. Scott McLemee looks at the work-in-progress.

August 22, 2012

A new book by the eminent philosopher Jürgen Habermas shows signs of political frustration. Scott McLemee shares his pain.

August 15, 2012

A new book treats solo acts of political terrorism as a rising trend. Scott McLemee can't avoid reading it.

August 8, 2012

Running for office? Let Cicero be your campaign manager! Scott McLemee ponders "How to Win an Election."

July 18, 2012

Nietzsche, Sartre, and Roland Barthes kept regular daily appointments with the piano. Scott McLemee listens in.

June 27, 2012

Zygmunt Bauman's new book discusses education in an age of unrelenting instability. Scott McLemee consults a modern master.

June 20, 2012

A new book denounces competitive athletics as "a global plague." Scott McLemee pulls no punches.

May 16, 2012

It infected a third of the world's population and killed tens of millions. Scott McLemee reads a new book recalling the influenza pandemic of 1918.

May 9, 2012

Fierce debate breaks out yet again about an ever-controversial field of scholarship. Scott McLemee keeps his eyes on the prize. 

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