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Is Social Mobility a Myth?

A major new book challenges decades of thinking about escaping poverty, and falling from riches.

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James Garner: Anti-Authoritarian Everyman

“The Rockford Files” gave voice to an honorable distrust of authority after Watergate and Vietnam.

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Autobiography of a Recovery

Robert Timberg’s gripping memoir traces his way from burning in Vietnam to writing in Washington.

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The Battle of Alexandria

How riverside parks & hotels threaten a model of American urbanism

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Still America First

Quaker Oats heir Bob Stuart fought to keep America at peace—then he went to war.

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Koch Brothers: The Real Thing

An inner look at the charisma, character, and hubris behind the Koch legacy

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What Is ‘Ethical Conservatism’?

A proposal for a politics of self-restraint in an age of anarchy.

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