Holy Wars: Religion and Society in Iran, Europe, India, and America

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In Essence

The new suburban "ideopolises" now hold the balance of power in national elections. Which way will they turn?

It's not just the United States that has found it almost impossible to regulate campaign contributions.

After confronting totalitarian ideologies in the last century, America may have trouble dealing with tyrants in the new one.

The world has too quickly forgotten America's long legacy of pro-Arab and pro-Muslim policies.

People admire charismatic corporate leaders such as Bill Gates and Jack Welch, but in most companies shared leadership roles are they key to success.

It's been a long downhill slide, says Peter Berger, since sociology's golden age in the 1950s.

Large estimates of the U.S. Muslim population have been cropping up every since the 9/11 attacks. Too large, say some experts.

Can journalists learn the ropes at journalism schools? Most professionals think not, but curriculum changes could make a difference.

Ravenous plants are the stuff of science fiction, but today's scientists are using feisty flora to munch on a variety of manmade toxins.

China and India have an overabundance of young men. If history is any guide, that should worry the rest of the world.

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Book Reviews

Girl Meets God. By Lauren F. Winner. Algonquin Books. 303 pp. $23.95

FIRST AMONG EQUALS: The Supreme Court in American Life. By Kenneth W. Starr. Warner. 320 pp. $26.95

NARROWING THE NATION’S POWER: The Supreme Court Sides with the States. By John T. Noonan, Jr. Univ. of California Press. 203 pp. $24.95

FORCES OF HABIT: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World. By David T. Courtwright. Harvard Univ. Press. 277 pp. $24.95 hardcover, $16.95 paper

THE PURSUIT OF OBLIVION: A Global History of Narcotics. By Richard Davenport-Hines. Norton. 576 pp. $29.95

OUT OF IT: A Cultural History of Intoxication. By Stuart Walton. Harmony. 366 pp. $24

REMEMBERING PATSY. By Brian Mansfield. Rutledge Hill Press. 95 pp. $14.99


China's debate over whether to preserve or restore the ruined site of the great imperial palace complex of Yuanming Yuan shows how the Chinese are grappling with their past--and how they imagine their future.

Norman Kutcher

Tensions between the United States and its European allies often ran high during the later days of the Cold War, but today’s conflicts are more numerous and frequently more severe—and they won’t be resolved without strong commitments from leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

Samuel F. Wells, Jr.

The Louisiana Purchase wasn't just the largest real estate deal in U.S. history. It forever altered the way America sees itself.

Peter S. Onuf

Technology now allows individuals to trace their genetic ancestry and claim an identity. That same process of genetic tracing might have less benign consequences for the larger society.

Carl Elliott

In Iran, where the failing government is Islamic, the colors of protest are of varying and often subtle secular hues.

Afshin Molavi

As the influence of traditional religions wanes, Europeans feel a yearning for spiritual forces they do not control.

Roger Scruton

The word secular in India now signifies an approach that has crippled a great nation by suppressing its basic impulses.

Mukul Kesavan

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