Politicians and academics occupy different spheres. Scott McLemee looks at a new book on statecraft and scholarship.
Shortly before the bombing and shooting spree in Norway last month that left 77 people dead, Anders Behring Breivik e-mailed a thousand people the document he called his “compendium” -- a more accurate label than “manifesto,” as some have called it, since large chunks of text were cut and pasted from various sources rather than composed by the murderer himself. In its opening, Breivik says he spent three years preparing the work. It runs to 1,518 pages in PDF. There is no table of contents or index. Its final pages contain a number of photographic self-portraits.
Seven years ago, Iraq's libraries went up in smoke. Scott McLemee looks at a history of book destruction.
Shakespeare wrote one of the most savage plays in the canon. Scott McLemee visits the dark side.
A mainstream newspaper covering academic books regularly? Scott McLemee looks into it.
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