Still the Exceptional Nation?

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In Essence

"America’s Vermeer" by Dave Hickey, in Vanity Fair (Nov. 1999), 4 Times Sq., New York, N.Y. 10036.

"Congressional Campaign Finance Reform: A Little May Be Better Than a Lot" by Bruce Larson, in Miller Center Report (Fall 1999), P.O. Box 5106, Charlottesville, Va. 22905; "Well Off" by John Mueller, in The New Republic (Nov. 15, 1999), 1220 19th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; "Money 2000" by Robert Dreyfuss, in The Nation (Oct. 18, 1999), 33 Irving Pl., New York, N.Y. 10003.

"The Simpsons: Atomistic Politics and the Nuclear Family" by Paul A. Cantor, in Political Theory (Dec. 1999), Sage Publications, 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91320.

"The Surprising Logic of Transparency" by Bernard I. Finel and Kristin M. Lord, in International Studies Quarterly (June 1999), Blackwell Publishers, Inc., 350 Main St., Malden, Mass. 02148.

"The Surprising Logic of Transparency" by Bernard I. Finel and Kristin M. Lord, in International Studies Quarterly (June 1999), Blackwell Publishers, Inc., 350 Main St., Malden, Mass. 02148.

"National Missile Defense: An Indefensible System" by George Lewis, Lisbeth Gronlund, and David Wright, in Foreign Policy (Winter 1999–2000), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; "Star Wars Strikes Back" by Michael O’Hanlon, in Foreign Affairs (Nov.–Dec. 1999), 58 E. 68th St., New York, N.Y. 10021.

"Philanthropy’s New Agenda: Creating Value" by Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, in Harvard Business Review (Nov.–Dec. 1999), 60 Harvard Way, Boston, Mass. 02163.

"Conflicting Signals: The Labor Market for College-Educated Workers" by Jerry Gray and Richard Chapman, in Journal of Economic Issues (Sept. 1999), 226 Ayres Hall, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. 37996–1320.

"Multiculturalism in History: Ideologies and Realities" by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, in Orbis (Fall 1999), Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1528 Walnut St., Ste. 610, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102–3684.

"South-by-Northeast: The Journey of C. Vann Woodward" by Theodore Rosengarten, in Doubletake (Summer 1999), Center for Documentary Studies at Duke Univ., 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, N.C. 27705.

"What’s So Bad about Hate" by Andrew Sullivan, in The New York Times Magazine (Sept. 26, 1999), 229 W. 43rd St., New York, N.Y. 10036.

"Nineteenth-Century Indian Education: Universalism versus Evolutionism" by Jacqueline Fear-Segal, in Journal of American Studies (Aug. 1999), Cambridge Univ. Press, 40 W. 20th St., New York, N.Y. 10011–4211.

"Diallo Truth, Diallo Falsehood" by Heather Mac Donald, in City Journal (Summer 1999), Manhattan Institute, 52 Vanderbilt Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017.

"The Sun in the Church" by J. L. Heilbron, in The Sciences (Sept.–Oct. 1999), New York Academy of Sciences, Two E. 63rd St., New York, N.Y. 10021.

"A Tale of Two Cities: Architecture and the Digital Revolution" by William J. Mitchell, in Science (Aug. 6, 1999), 1200 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.

"The Moral Meaning of Genetic Technology" by Leon R. Kass, in Commentary (Sept. 1999), 165 E. 56th St., New York, N.Y. 10022.

"The False Crisis in Science Education" by W. Wayt Gibbs and Douglas Fox, in Scientific American (Oct. 1999), 415 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017–1111.

"Delayed Takeoff" by Eric Scigliano, in Technology Review (Sept.–Oct. 1999), 201 Vassar St., W59-200, Cambridge, Mass. 02139.

"The Marble Faun and the Waste of History" by Millicent Bell, in Southern Review (Spring 1999), 43 Allen Hall, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, La. 70803–5005.

"The Trivialization of Outrage: The Artworld at the End of the Millennium" by Roger Kimball, in Quadrant (Oct. 1999), 46 George St., Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia 3065.

"The Weakness of Russian Nationalism" by Anatol Lieven, in Survival (Summer 1999), International Institute for Strategic Studies, 23 Tavistock St., London WC2E 7NQ, United Kingdom.

"Dowry Deaths in India" by Paul Mandelbaum, in Commonweal (Oct. 8, 1999), 475 Riverside Dr., Rm. 405, New York, N.Y. 10115.

"Africa" by Marina Ottaway, in Foreign Policy (Spring 1999), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

"The Question of Tibet" by A. Tom Grunfeld, in Current History (Sept. 1999), 4225 Main St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127.

Reviews of new research at public agencies and private institutions

Book Reviews

WITNESS TO HOPE: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. By George Weigel. Cliff Street Books/HarperCollins. 992 pp. $35

STRANGE BEAUTY: Murray GeII-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics. By George Johnson. Knopf. 434 pp. $30.


By Thomas Hine. Bard/Avon. 322 pp. $24

READY OR NOT: Why Treating Children as Small Adults Endangers Their Future—and Ours.

By Kay S. Hymowitz. Free Press. 292 pp. $25

By Wright Morris. Introduction by John Hollander. Univ. of Nebraska Press. 200 pp. $12

DOUBLE DOWN: Reflections on Gambling and Loss.

By Frederick and Steven Barthelme. Houghton Mifflin. 198 pp. $24

IN NEVADA: The Land, the People, God, and Chance.

By David Thomson. Knopf. 330 pp. $27.50


The Third Way represents the triumph of American-style democratic capitalism in Europe. Does America still hold a monopoly on the qualities that make it unique?

Seymour Martin Lipset

What's behind the wave of sensational revelations about Cold War espionage?

Amy Knight

Ancient Rome's long reign over the Western imagination ended in the 19th century with the elevation of the Greeks--an error we should reverse, the author says.  

Michael Lind

The millennium has spawned many reappraisals of human history but none quite like the narrative that Professor Anders Henriksson has assembled from choice insights found in student papers over the years. In the hands of these young scholars, the past truly does become a foreign country.

Anders Henriksson

In the blink of a shutter, photography has the power to document our fragmented world and capture its elusiveness.

Michael Ignatieff

At particular moments in history, the presidency has required different talents and ambitions of those who held the office, from managing a crisis to maneuvering Congress to moving the nation. No two figures better illustrate the variety of qualities the office demands than Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

Michael R. Beschloss