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May 6, 2011

20th Century Notes

Adam Hochschild, "Where Have All the Graveyards Gone? The War That Didn't End War and Its Unending Successors," Guernica, 3 May, is by the author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.

Simon Leys, "The Intimate Orwell," NYRB, 26 May, reviews George Orwell's Diaries, edited by Peter Davison, and George Orwell: A Life in Letters, selected and annotated by Davison.

Richard A. Posner, "The Court of Celebrity," TNR, 5 May, reviews Richard Davis's Justices and Journalists: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Media.

Richard Wolin, "The Humanist," TNR, 5 May, reviews Tzvetan Todorov's The Fear of Barbarians, transl. by Andrew Brown, Todorov's Torture and the War on Terror, transl. by Gila Walker, and Todorov's Duties and Delights: The Life of a Go-Between, transl. by Walker.

David Stelfox, "Modern, streamlined and ambitious: Edward Glaeser's vision of the city," The National, 6 May, reviews Edward Glaeser's Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier.

Ian Morris, "How To Get to the End of History," Slate, 2 May, and Nicholas Wade, "From ‘End of History' Author, a Look at the Beginning and Middle," NYT, 7 May, review Francis Fukuyama's The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution.

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